TBWA-Simons deal held up as meeting dissolves in chaos

The planned merger between TBWA and Simons Palmer Clemmow Johnson, due to take place this week, has hit a last-minute crisis and been delayed.

The planned merger between TBWA and Simons Palmer Clemmow Johnson,

due to take place this week, has hit a last-minute crisis and been

delayed.



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

have resigned.



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.



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