Thompson takes over Shandwick global accounts

Shandwick has appointed Gary Thompson to the newly-created position of group global accounts director, to build its international client base.

Shandwick has appointed Gary Thompson to the newly-created position

of group global accounts director, to build its international client

base.



Thompson, currently president of Golin/Harris Technologies, a Shandwick

company, will be responsible for winning and servicing large global

clients.



The appointment echoes the set-up at other large agencies which already

have senior consultants responsible for winning and advising

international clients. Burson-Marsteller has a business development team

for global clients based in New York, while each international or big

local client has a designated consultant, or client leader.



Thompson will help Shandwick to better organise itself for and identify

global business in the US, where two thirds of international clients are

based. Thompson will be based in Boston but report to Dermot McNulty,

Shandwick group chief executive, based in London.



He takes over responsibility for Americas-based international clients

from international marketing director Ian Rumgay, who continues to

oversee global accounts in regions outside the Americas.



Thompson will co-ordinate international new business efforts undertaken

by Shandwick senior management including McNulty, chairman Lord

Chadlington and Shandwick’s four regional directors.



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