The internal candidate is thought to be Asia-Pacific CEO Alison
She is said to be the unanimous choice of the UK firm's divisional
CEO's; Colin Byrne, Tessa Curtis, Chris Genasi, Charles Lankester and
Clarke only moved to Singapore 14 months ago and insisted she had not
been approached for the job.
Former royal press secretary Simon Lewis is also tipped. The Shandwick
alumnus denied he had been 'formally interviewed' and stressed he was
'happy as international development director at Centrica'. He met global
CEO Larry Weber earlier this year and is believed to have discussed a
return to the agency.
The appointment is to be made by Lutz Meyer, European CEO, who refused
to comment on individuals.
There are further ructions at WSW's US base. COO Marijean Lauzier,
thought to have had frosty relations with some in the UK team since the
merger late last year, is to leave the agency. She is replaced by
director Cathy Lugbauer.