Simon Antenen, the joint creative director of Claydon Heeley Jones
Mason, has quit the agency with no job to go to.
Antenen was a founding partner of Jones Mason Barton Antenen which was
merged with its sister agency Claydon Heeley earlier this year
(Campaign, 14 January).
Antenen’s resignation is the second of the four-strong management
line-up at Jones Mason, which had launched as a joint venture between
BMP DDB and Claydon Heeley exactly a year before. Managing partner Steve
Barton quit earlier this year.
Following the merger, Antenen, the creative partner, shared the role
with Claydon Heeley’s incumbent creative director, Rob Scott.
Antenen said: ’The change in culture after the merger, from that of a
small but growing operation to a much larger, more established one,
prompted my decision.’
Nigel Jones, also a founding partner of Jones Mason and now the joint
chief executive of CHJM, said: ’Losing a good creative from any agency
is always sad, and Simon has delivered some great work.
’But I have been talking to him about this for some months, and he feels
as if he needs a break to decide what he wants to do next.’
Antenen added: ’I think that you need to be constantly stimulated in
life and leaving the agency is a good way of staying hungry. I’ll
probably be back in some shape or form after a break.’
Before teaming up with the three Jones Mason partners, Antenen was a
senior copywriter at the Bartle Bogle Hegarty below-the-line agency,