London-based agency network Leagas Delaney has implemented a major management restructure that frees-up its senior executives to concentrate on international growth.

Chairman Tim Delaney swaps positions with chief executive Bruce Haines, although the former retains his role as executive creative director. The duo are joined by former managing director Nick Hough as deputy chairman and planning director Margaret Johnson, who becomes group planning director. Together they will focus on the network's growth in San Francisco, Paris, Rome and Hamburg.

The UK operation will be managed on a day-to-day basis by four newly appointed joint creative directors and two new joint managing directors. Ian Ducker, Will Farquhar, Dave Beverley and Rob Burleigh are the creative quartet, while Justin Bairamain and Colin Clarke between them assume the managing directorship. Jeremy Thorpe-Wood joins from Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO to replace Johnson as UK director of planning.

Explains Delaney: “While I'll still be heavily involved in the London office, I wanted a new team of people to drive change and keep the agency relevant. We're proud of what we've achieved as an agency creatively, and creative standards will continue to be the bedrock of everything we do. Our industry is going through a period of radical change and we understand that clients need ideas across all areas of communication not just ads.”

The Leagas Delaney group employs some 300 staff in total.

News Source: CampaignLive (UK)