The planned merger between TBWA and Simons Palmer Clemmow Johnson,
due to take place this week, has hit a last-minute crisis and been
A TBWA board meeting was held on Wednesday to vote the merger through,
but there was reported to be such disagreement that no vote was taken
and the meeting had to be rescheduled.
Much speculation concerns two board members - Andrew Ward, who heads the
Chivas Regal account, and Simon Hunter, who is in charge of the Family
Channel, Anglian Windows, and Axa Equity and Law. Both are thought to
The disquiet is fuelled by a lack of clarity about future roles for TBWA
staff. One source said: ’We still don’t know the game plan. Andrew and
Simon have resigned until someone says something sensible to them.’
A senior creative team is also thought to have resigned.
Trevor Beattie, the former TBWA creative director, quit soon after the
merger was announced, accusing his bosses of showing ’scant regard for
the people who count’. Before this, Graeme Arkell, the agency’s managing
director, was ousted, and Wrigley’s, a pounds 3 million client, is
thought to be following Beattie to GGT, the agency he recently joined.