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
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
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.