THE BRIEF: 

Looking for a Managing Director to partner Sam Hawkney (COO). This person will be responsible for setting the culture of the agency, be the outward face of the agency, and run a group of accounts. Spiritually, this person needs to embrace the entrepreneurial & creative mentality which defines this agency, they will have the credentials to partner Guillermo Vega, alongside the rest of the management team. The leadership team want to make their mark by delivering amazing creative work for their clients. 2017 was a brilliant year for the agency, and culminated in the agency winning ‘The Best and Bravest Agency on the Planet’ by Contagious Magazine in 2018. With Guillermo at the creative helm they have big ambitions for 2019/2020 and are looking for a big character that will help drive the agency to reach it’s goal of delivering ‘Nothing is Impossible’ work for their clients.


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NICOLA WARDELL - CHIEF CLIENT OFFICER, HAVAS LONDON

Nicola is a bundle of energy.   What motivates her?? The people behind the work. That is what gets her excited. She really cares. Nicola was fortunate enough to work with Nils Leonard at Grey, and loved the culture of trust that freed people up to “just have a go”. It is clear that Nicola is brilliant at building trusting and long term relationships. Many of her clients become personal friends. She loved working with brilliant creative partners at Grey, they had the vision and she had the powers of persuasion. She led the brilliant work on McVities (do we ever tire of cute kittens?? ) and was offered the MD role at Grey after Nils, Lucy, and Natalie’s departure. However Chris Hirst (Global CEO of Havas) had already tempted her across to Havas to join him. Shortly after joining she was diagnosed with Cancer (from which she has recovered) and had to take 6 months out. Havas were very supportive, however even so, she has found it difficult to settle into the Havas culture. Grey never felt like a network agency, and whilst she enjoys the bustle of an agency with scale, she has always worked at her best in an entrepreneurial environment. Even so, she has grown the Molson Coors business across the entire Havas Village and sold in a new brand platform the agency is very proud of for Carling Made local. I expect you will check her out with Ben Mooge who she loved. I’m not sure he has necessarily seen her at her best though, would be good to know what he says. 

She would love to talk to you Sam about the MD role.  CV is here.


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SARAH JONES - MANAGING PARTNER, BROOKLYN BROTHERS

Sarah would be an up and coming MD contender. She is no sleeping violet and is someone who we think will go all the way in our industry.

Sarah has gone from strength to strength since joining The Brooklyn Brothers. She joined as client partner running the Mini integrated portfolio and was quickly promoted to run their equivalent of Account Management alongside running a group of accounts. She is a new business whizz  who oozes charm and personality and is a thoroughly good egg too. 

Prior to the Brooklyn Brothers, she was at Grey running  Lucozade sport, and got very involved in new biz, fronting and leading pitches with the management team there. She loved Grey under Nils leadership but decided to move on when a few of the female figures she looked up to left following the management changes there. 

From her previous experience at Fallon where she lent into digital ideas and the agency Momentum she understands and is passionate about the entire shopper journey. She is driven by the intersection of creativity and culture. 

Sarah is definitely someone very special. What I think stands Sarah apart from others is the boundless energy she brings to the room, something you can't quite quantify on a piece of paper.

She is very well regarded at Brooklyn Brothers. What appeals to her about the role with you there at Saatchis is scale and your ambition for growth.

CV is here.


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EMMA MARSLAND - MANAGING PARTNER

Emma is the no 1 support to the recently announced outgoing Matt Edwards (CEO) of WCRS. She has a really sparkly personality, doesn't overcomplicate things, values creativity highly and is a nice person as well (couldn't ask for more)!  Emma leads Churchill, Warburtons, Gay Pride, & Greenflag.

A lot of the work she has done with her brands, is around injecting brand purpose to take a brand from being wallpaper to ultimately being LOVED. For example bringing back the lollipop lady thereby reducing child deaths, helped make Churchill stand for something in a cluttered insurance market. Emma is passionate about brands where she can influence behaviour change such as this. 

Emma has run new business at WCRS and also at Wieden & Kennedy , and is an entrepreneurial spirit at heart - this was certainly demonstrated in the early part of her career (see her time at Made, Tesch). She has hit glass ceilings at WCRS and is interested in having a conversation about this role - she has heard great things about Guillermo and you too, Sam.

Bio is here.

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DANIEL LIPMAN - HEAD OF ACCOUNT HANDLING / MANAGING PARTNER VMLY&R

Chris Brown Now Group MD at RGA wrote on Daniel’s LinkedIn profile… “Daniel is a star in our industry. He is smart, understands the importance of creativity in solving business problems and importantly knows how to inspire and motivate people both internally and externally. I would highly recommend him."

We've known Daniel for many years, since he was an Account Exec at St. Lukes, through his time on the busy accounts such as Nintendo Wii at Karmarama then onto leading business and driving innovation at DDB Sydney, to presently running Account handling at VML/Y&R.

Daniel is 100% about the work. Whilst at DDB Daniel made his mark by moving McDonalds to take a more innovative approach to their comms. This agenda driven by Daniel culminated in the 'Track My Maccas' App which won a Gold Lion at Cannes and was then  rolled out globally by McDonalds Corp. 

Whilst at DDB, Daniel also led an innovation/IP unit to experiment + develop products/services to solve consumer needs. 

Daniel was then lured by an ex colleague to lead the Virgin Australia business at Clemenger Sydney. However with a young family, his wife was keen they return to the UK and he now is leading Account Handling and has fronted most of the new business pitches there at VMLY&R, successfully on Alpro and Activia. At Mr President he was CSD and led and fronted all the agencies pitches which included some significant wins on Pernod Ricard and Etihad and whilst at BBH he led the The Absolut pitch which was the only successful new business pitch during that year.

There is a lot of politics at VMLY&R and Daniel feels ready to step up to MD, however is experiencing a glass ceiling. He would love to chat to you about the role of MD there at Saatchis.

CV is here.