Six to head Grey after Sharrocks

Grey's chairman, Roger Edwards, played down speculation this week that the agency's drive for a strong local creative profile would peter out under a new six-member committee set up to replace the outgoing managing director, Nigel Sharrocks.

Grey's chairman, Roger Edwards, played down speculation this week

that the agency's drive for a strong local creative profile would peter

out under a new six-member committee set up to replace the outgoing

managing director, Nigel Sharrocks.



Edwards admitted that replacing Sharrocks, a champion of creativity at

the agency, would take several months, and said the committee would help

him combine the roles of chairman and managing director. However, he

denied it would have an account handling bias, although five members are

from account handling or operations while only one is from the creative

department.



'The ship is still moving in very much the same direction as before,'

Edwards said. 'You should not put any special interpretation on the way

the committee is set up: Paul (Smith, the executive creative director)

will get five votes if necessary.'



Edwards said he had already scoured London's top 30 agencies for a

replacement for Sharrocks, and would now widen the search abroad and

into smaller shops. However, internal sources suggested the new

committee might also serve to test the mettle of those left behind

should the vacancy ultimately have to be filled internally.



As well as Smith, there are four executive client services directors on

the committee - Barry Cox, Jayne Barr, Steve Richards and Neil Jenner -

plus the operations director, Chris Loizides.



Edwards has set up a parallel board to help him oversee the

international activities of the agency. This comprises the heads of key

international accounts - Clive Holland (BAT), Frank Cockman (SmithKline

Beecham), Mike Hemingway (Mars), Carolyn Carter (Mars Pedigree), Rebecca

Higgins (Procter & Gamble) and Tom Holmes (Worldspace).



Two of Sharrocks' top hirings - the agency's planning director, Peter

Field, and Mark Cunningham, a senior account handler - have announced

their departures.





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