CIA Medianetwork’s managing director, Mike Tunnicliffe, left the
agency abruptly last Friday. Industry sources say he felt frustrated
with his role within the CIA Group.
Tunnicliffe’s departure comes two weeks after Chris Ingram, the chairman
of CIA, admitted that the company’s performance in the UK was
A replacement for Tunnicliffe, who has been with the agency since 1990,
is not being sought. Mike Elms, the chief executive of CIA (UK) Holdings
and chairman of CIA Medianetwork, has been made chief executive of the
main agency and will take over Tunnicliffe’s work.
Elms said: ’He (Tunnicliffe) has decided that it’s time to make a move
and we don’t know where he is intending to go.’ Referring to
Tunnicliffe’s abrupt departure, he said that when someone senior decides
to leave, it makes sense ’not to hang around the office’. Tunnicliffe is
on gardening leave until a severance period has been negotiated.
CIA Medianetwork has gone through turbulent changes over the past three
years. Senior management exits include Josh Dovey, deputy managing
director of CIA Medianetwork, who quit last November; Dennis Lay, former
managing director of CIA Medianetwork International, who left last
October; Rick Sheldon, CIA Medianetwork deputy chairman, who left in
June 1995; and Ian Rogers, CIA’s UK chief executive, and Bob Blatchford,
CIA Medianetwork’s joint managing director, who both quit in March
A replacement is still being sought for CIA Medianetwork’s former
marketing director, Mike Anderson, who was poached by New PHD in
Last year, CIA was forced to pay Laser Sales pounds 1.8 million in
compensation after the ITV sales house accused it of overtrading.
According to CIA sources, Tunnicliffe felt that there was a lack of
clarity over CIA Group’s overall strategy and vision and he had clashed
with senior management over his and Elms’ future roles. Tunnicliffe was
not available for comment.