Ludgate founder Sharkey set to leave agency

Ludgate founder and the former head of the agency’s financial services division, Andrew Sharkey, is leaving after seven years. He has two potential job offers on the table and is considering his options.

Ludgate founder and the former head of the agency’s financial

services division, Andrew Sharkey, is leaving after seven years. He has

two potential job offers on the table and is considering his

options.



Sharkey is a director of both Ludgate Communications and the agency’s

holding company, the Ludgate Group, which was bought by the Interpublic

Group of Companies for an estimated pounds 10.5 million last year.



In 1991, Sharkey joined fellow director Tim Trotter in leading the

management buyout of the PR arm of financial advertising agency Murray

Hill, creating Ludgate Communications.



’I am looking at a couple of options, one of which would mean joining an

existing agency and restructuring it,’ said Sharkey. But he denied that

he would be setting up his own agency or joining forces with Trotter,

who left his post as Ludgate Group chief executive earlier this year (PR

Week, 10 April).



Sharkey reports to Ludgate chief executive Robin Hepburn. Until two

months ago, he ran Ludgate’s financial services division, before it was

merged with the corporate PR division and placed under director Neil

Garnett.



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