NEW YORK, December 12, 2005. Paul Hammersley, chairman and CEO of DDB's London office since March 2004, said he is leaving to reunite with Frank Lowe at his new agency in London.
Before DDB, Hammersley spent 10 years at Lowe, holding top posts in both London and New York.
Hammersley, 43, becomes the fourth executive to sign on to the new venture, after former Lowe London chairman Paul Weinberger and the ex-Lowe London creative team of senior copywriter Sam Cartmell and senior art director Jason Lawes. The shop is opening with the $80 million Tesco account, which is shifting from Lowe [Adweek Online, Dec. 5].
"This is an opportunity which I cannot pass up, an opportunity to be part of a partnership which will return creativity to the top of the agenda," Hammersley said in a statement.
Hammersley joins as a partner and "further announcements concerning the partnership will be made in 2006," Lowe said, also in a statement.
The agency also has extended offers to Hammersley's partner at DDB London, chief strategic officer David Hackworthy, and JWT London managing director Mark Cadman, according to sources. Hackworthy said on Monday: "I'm still gainfully employed by DDB." Cadman could not immediately be reached.
Hammersley's DDB duties will be absorbed by DDB Europe president Michael Bray, while the network seeks a successor, said a DDB representative. Bray, 54, is based in the same London office.