Group chief executive of BBH Gwyn Jones (pictured) will be leaving the company at the end of the year after 27 years at the agency.
Neil Munn, the current chief operating officer of BBH Group will be replacing Jones. Munn was promoted to chief operating officer of the BBH Group in 2012 and has been with BBH for 10 years. He joined from Unilever where he was global marketing director for Axe. He launched and ran BBH’s venturing company ZAG.
His COO role will be split by Niall Hadden, global head of talent and David Pearce, chief financial officer. Hadden has been at BBH since 2006 and Pearce since 2009.
Meanwhile in a press release, Jones stated that he will be pursuing interests outside the field of advertising. He has spent his entire career at BBH, starting as a graduate trainee before moving up through the ranks to UK CEO. Since the sale of BBH to Publicis Groupe, Jones has been focused on ensuring that creativity remains at the heart of the agency agenda. He was also tasked to develop the BBH offering globally including the acquisition of mobile agency Monterosa and the recently announced joint venture with SB Projects in Los Angeles to launch The Creative Studio.
Jones said: “I have been incredibly fortunate to spend my whole career at BBH. It has been a hugely rewarding time and has given me the opportunity to do most jobs in an agency, to live and work oversees, and to do so alongside the best and nicest people in the business. John, Nigel and John built an amazing culture here. Culture is the thing that binds and builds a business more than anything and BBH has the best culture going, it isn’t easy to leave. But 27 years is a long time and variety is the spice of life so, when I’ve taken a break, I have some other investments and opportunities that I want to pursue and maybe spend a little less time on planes.”
“The timing is great for Munn. We are a more mature business, owned by a holding company. Munn is perfect casting for what is now needed from the Group CEO, he has proper marketing and comms pedigree, is highly commercial with a deep understanding of client organisations and brands, and has a truly global perspective,” Simon Sherwood, BBH group chairman said.
Founders Sir John Hegarty and Sir Nigel Bogle will continue to work at BBH for the foreseeable future. Hegarty will be working part time and will continue to work on the development of BBH’s creative proposition and profile. Bogle will continue to work across a number of key accounts including British Airways, Audi and Weetabix.