Fishburn Hedges founding directors Dale Fishburn and Andrew Boys
are to retire at the end of the year.
As a result, the agency has announced a new management structure. Neil
Hedges will remain chief executive, and John Williams, currently MD,
will take over from Fishburn as chairman.
Fishburn Hedges was founded in 1991 and was bought by advertising group
Abbott Mead Vickers (AMV) in January 1996. AMV was itself acquired by
Omnicom earlier this year.
Fishburn and Boys’ four year earn-outs from the sale of their agency to
AMV will finish at the end of 1999.
Founding and board director Charles Downing will become international
director, based at new offices which Fishburn Hedges intends to open in
Ron Finlay, currently a senior board director, becomes deputy chairman -
a new position, with responsibility for Fishburn Hedges new business
programme; Marc Moninski, currently research and planning director, and
Philippa Dale-Thomas, board director, become joint managing directors,
with responsibility for managing the company on a day-to-day basis.
Simon Matthews, board director, takes on the new role of assistant MD,
which puts him in charge of client service, training and standards.
Chris North will continue in the role of design director, managing the
company’s design and production services and Graham McMillian will
remain as head of public affairs.