Agencies hold talks with outgoing Octane MD

The MD of Lewis's crisis comms arm Octane is talking to at least two top agencies as he prepares to leave the tech shop after 11 years.

Octane MD Nick Leonard, who has been with Lewis for 11 years, will stay in his current role until March.

Industry insiders say Leonard was poised to join Brands2Life initially, but that he may accept an offer from an international agency. Leonard said he is considering both new business and senior executive roles, adding that he would make a final decision this week.

Before moving to head up the crisis comms subsidiary in 2006, Leonard was head of creative services at parent company Lewis before being promoted to VP of strategy at the global tech agency's London office. Leonard was replaced at Octane by associate director Kelly Hall at the end of December (PRWeek, 11 January).

Octane launched in 2002 with clients including BT Openworld and secured email outfit Postini, now owned by Google. Now the agency looks after BT Retail's consumer and small business broadband, BT's Devices arm, its Value Added Services division and its regional PR programmes.

Last year Octane opened offices in Paris and Munich.

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