Opinion: My Best Hire - Lee Brooke

Simon Ward, Brodeur Worldwide UK chief exec, on the 'adept' Lee Brooke.

'Lee joined Brodeur as an account director and was promoted to business group director last year, heading our IBM account at the time.

'I could rattle off the normal virtues of any fast-tracker... smart, cool under pressure, good with clients, motivating others etc, and he would certainly fit the bill. But Lee is also very "human".

'He manages to be adept at handling complex situations and subject matter while simultaneously conveying the most down-to-earth approach I have seen.

'Somehow he manages to be polished by not being polished... he even once sent a note to his team ahead of an evening of client entertainment imploring them not to fawn but to be themselves. And that works for me.'

Lee Brooke left in June to become UK & Ireland PR manager at Computer Associates.

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