Wringe quits Red Cell for Sandom position

John Wringe is quitting as the second-in-command of Red Cell. His

resignation means a total change in the leadership of WPP's fourth

global network since its establishment a year ago.

There will be no direct replacement for Wringe at Red Cell. The network

may draw in additional management strength through its expected

acquisition of an as-yet-unnamed London agency. It recently acquired New

York's Berlin Cameron & Partners.

Wringe is giving up his job as the chief operating officer to fill the

newly created role of group chief executive and partner at the Sandom

Group, an independent brand and design consultancy, which he will have

an equity stake in.

His departure follows that of Luca Lindner, who vacated the chief

executive's role in November to become the president and chief executive

of D'Arcy's Europe, Middle East and Africa operations.

Wringe, 43, was seen as a potential successor to Lindner and network

sources say he would have stayed had he been appointed to the post now

held by the former McCann-Erickson senior manager, Lee Daley.

"It's like leaving the party just as it's getting going," Wringe


"But I'm going to another party which I think will be more suitable for


Wringe's brief is to establish a communications arm and oversee an

acquisition programme in the UK and the US.


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