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.