Salmon snares top post at SWK

Hugh Salmon, the central figure in one of most high-profile legal battles in UK advertising, has ended a five-year exile from the business to become the managing director of Summerfield Wilmot Keene.

Hugh Salmon, the central figure in one of most high-profile legal

battles in UK advertising, has ended a five-year exile from the business

to become the managing director of Summerfield Wilmot Keene.



His appointment comes seven months after Interpublic Group reached an

out-of-court settlement with Salmon, the former CM Lintas managing

director, who had issued a writ claiming punitive damages and malicious

falsehood against the agency, its chairman, Chris Munds, and IPG’s

Lintas Worldwide, the CM Lintas parent (Campaign, 11 April).



Salmon, 41, takes over the day-to-day running of the 50-strong

Summerfield Wilmot as well as responsibility for a number of its key

accounts including Deloitte & Touche and TI Group.



He will also work alongside Malcolm Summerfield, the agency’s chairman,

on the development of new business.



Salmon is the first managing director of the pounds 22 million-billing

shop, formed last year when a management team led by Summerfield, the

former McCann-Erickson chief executive, took over the Bastable Hazlitt

Partnership.



Summerfield said: ’Having got through our launch phase, we have reached

the stage where we need a managing director. Hugh’s packaged goods

experience and big agency background is very much like our own. His

experience is exactly right for us.’



Salmon, a former Ogilvy & Mather senior manager who has been jobless

since he was ousted from CM Lintas in October 1992, had considered a

start-up or becoming involved in a management buy-in. But he claimed his

long absence from the business had not put him at a disadvantage.



’People have been good to me and kept me in touch with the business,’ he

said.



He added: ’I wanted to be part of a hands-on management team and I could

see there was a real role for me at Summerfield Wilmot. I want to help

grow the business now the merger has settled down.’



Meanwhile, the agency has parted company with two former BHP directors,

Chris Ward and Peter Valler.



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