Lowe Bell wins Philips account as team defects

Lowe Bell Good Relations has picked up the pounds 300,000 Philips sound and vision account - by poaching the team at agency Mathieu Thomas/Herald which currently runs it.

Lowe Bell Good Relations has picked up the pounds 300,000 Philips

sound and vision account - by poaching the team at agency Mathieu

Thomas/Herald which currently runs it.



Mathieu Thomas director Nick Thomas, plus two account managers and an

assistant, join Good Relations this week.



’It’s all very amicable,’ said Thomas. ’Paul (Mathieu) wanted to

increase our focus on hi-tech clients, whereas I wanted to move more

into the consumer side.’



The move brings together Philips’ marketing communications work for its

television and audio equipment with its corporate PR, which is handled

by Good Relations’ managing director Roger Woods.



Woods, who originally came from Philips, doubles up as corporate

relations director for the Dutch-owned electronics giant, spending half

his time based at Philips’ UK head office in Croydon.



Mathieu Thomas, an independent hi-tech agency with offices in Paris and

Munich, ranked 70 in the 1996 PR Week Agency League Table, with a fee

income of pounds 1.16 million.



Thomas, who will sell his shares in Mathieu Thomas back to partners Paul

Mathieu and Amanda Slayton, becomes the eighth director at Good

Relations.



He brings with him account managers Simon Poulter and Jackie Wolfe plus

assistant Ellie Mead.



- Good Relations has also lured the BBC’s head of multimedia Alan

Griffiths away from the corporation to start a digital strategy unit

within the agency.



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