Patrick Herridge departs MWWPR

Patrick Herridge has departed MWWPR after 15 years at the business and its predecessor Parys Communications, having moved from UK MD to UK chairman last summer.

Herridge confirmed the move in a tweet yesterday:

He told PRWeek: "It’s been 15 years since I started Parys [which was sold to MWW in 2013] and for me it was the right time to move on. I was always going to be [in the UK chairman role] for a limited period and (to leave at the) end of the year was always a neat time."

Herridge said he would be "taking a bit of time out", but would still be involved in Social360, the corporate social media monitoring company that he co-founded, while also looking for other non-executive roles.

He said there was "no acrimony in the departure" and wished all the best to Rebecca Blinston-Jones, who was promoted to UK MD in August.

Blinston-Jones confimed the UK chairman role would not be replaced. She reports directly to founder and CEO Michael Kempner.

Blinston-Jones told PRWeek: "I wish him all the best - I'm sure he'll do amazing things. I'm sure our paths will cross again." 

The US-headquartered, independent agency currently has 20 staff in London out of a total of 200 globally. Major UK clients include News UK and Sky Media.

MWW saw three per cent revenue growth in 2017 to $53.1m, making it the 33rd-largest agency in the world by revenue.

Kempner said: "Paddy is a true professional and a fantastic person. All of us have been fortunate to work and learn from him. After working with us for several years past his earn-out period, it's easy to understand his desire to step back a little after such a long run as head of the firm in the UK."

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