Mackinnon-Musson deserts Square Mile

Square Mile director Alistair Mackinnon-Musson has sold his share in the agency and joined rival Hudson Sandler, taking clients and staff with him.

Square Mile director Alistair Mackinnon-Musson has sold his share

in the agency and joined rival Hudson Sandler, taking clients and staff

with him.



Mackinnon-Musson joins Hudson Sandler as a board director with a

financial interest in the agency. He brings a roster of 13 clients with

combined annual fees believed to be in the region of pounds 500,000.



At Square Mile, Mackinnon-Musson was one of three shareholding directors

along with joint managing directors Tim Jackaman and Susan Ellis. His

stake of over 20 per cent has been purchased by the remaining directors

and senior employees.



Mackinnon-Musson said he was moving because his clients sought European

support. ’Although Hudson Sandler is privately owned it is linked to the

Grayling Group, its European network and ultimately the Havas

group.’



Clients include high street retailer Next for which Mackinnon-Musson has

done financial and corporate PR for 14 years. Other clients include

former chief executive of the Millennium Dome, Jennie Page and the

biotech company PPL Therapeutics.



Two staff are also making the move with Mackinnon-Musson, associate

director Philip Dennis and team assistant Philippa Robeson.



Square Mile managing director Tim Jackaman refused to comment on the

move. His agency is seeking to expand into Europe following ex-Ogilvy

European MD Paul Philpotts’ arrival at the end of 1999.



This is not the first time Mackinnon-Musson has made such a move. He

joined Square Mile four years ago from Financial Dynamics in similar

circumstances, taking clients with him (PR Week, 23 August 1996). At FD

he was one of the agency’s original shareholders and benefited from the

earn-out agreement with the BDDP Group in 1995.



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