Steve Williams, a managing partner of OMD UK, has been promoted to
managing director of the agency as part of an ongoing restructure of the
office in London and its European network.
Williams, who has been with the agency for more than ten years, is
filling a position held by Paul Taylor until early last year. Taylor was
promoted to chief executive last March following BMP OMD's relaunch as
the lead agency within OMD's network.
Williams takes up the position with immediate effect. Aside from being
managing partner, he was formerly the head of the agency's TV buying
division with Ian Lomas.
Taylor said: 'Effective succession management is an OMD hallmark. I've
worked with Steve here for ten years and his drive and enthusiasm will
provide a superb springboard for the future.'
Williams added: 'The scope and opportunity at OMD has always been
considerable. Having the opportunity to take on this position comes at
an exciting time, as we move in line with the development of OMD Europe.
I will be reappraising the stage of our development in response to our
Last year, following his appointment as a managing partner, Williams'
role shifted away from television buying towards developing new business
and working on key clients such as Nestle, British Gas and Gillette.
His appointment follows swiftly on the heels of Lomas's promotion to the
head of client operations across OMD Europe (Campaign, 27 April).
Colin Gottlieb, the chief executive of OMD Europe, is looking to
establish a number of category champions who will focus on key
disciplines across the group.