O&M UK Ousts ‘Great Adman’

05 March 2002

Paul Simons, chairman and ceo of Ogilvy & Mather London, is “a great adman” according to his immediate boss Mike Walsh.

But Walsh, who chairs O&M’s EMEA operations, came to bury Simons, not to praise him. Exit Simons.

Despite Simons' qualities, Walsh revealed that “over time it has become clear that Paul and I have very different views about business performance and what the future strategy for the Ogilvy group in the UK should be.”

O&M shed business last year including Lever Fabergé’s £4m Impulse account; and only last week ‘disagreements over direction’ drove Royal & SunAlliance’s £7m More Than business into the arms of smaller rival Camp Chipperfield Hill Murray.

Simons' duties are assumed by Walsh, a former occupant of the O&M UK chair for six years until his EMEA appointment. He plans to install “a much more experienced client management structure, [that will] bring people together from within the Ogilvy international network who have strong track records on local and international business”.

Simons, a veteran of GGT and co-founder (in 1988) of Simons Palmer Clemmow Johnson, was poached by WPP in May 1999 to become chairman and ceo of O&M. He plans to sue the group for wrongful dismissal.

Data sourced from: BrandRepublic (UK); additional content by WARC staff