Tomblin leaves the Maher Bird agency after in-house row

Mark Tomblin, one of the four founding partners of Maher Bird Associates, has parted company with the agency after falling out with Stephen Maher, its managing director.

Mark Tomblin, one of the four founding partners of Maher Bird

Associates, has parted company with the agency after falling out with

Stephen Maher, its managing director.



Maher has now become the chief executive, as the agency prepares for the

merger of its parent company, the Simons Palmer Group, with TBWA.



Tomblin, who was the agency’s planning director in a department of two

planners, previously worked at Leagas Delaney and WCRS.



Two candidates have been shortlisted to replace him, but the successful

applicant will not be made a partner.



Maher, who for legal reasons declined to explain Tomblin’s departure,

said: ’It was a decision we took - Mark was asked to leave and the move

has been finalised in the last couple of days.



People are parting but the aims of the company remain the same.’



The Simons Palmer/TBWA merger will have no direct impact on Maher Bird,

but Maher hopes that it may result in client introductions. He stressed:

’We will have to convince clients that we are worth talking to in our

own right.’



The row with Tomblin is thought to have come to a head after two months

of disagreements, and clients were informed of his departure earlier

this week.



Maher added: ’The business is bigger than one person. These things are

never straightforward but this agency has a life of its own.’



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