One of the UK’s best known advertising figures, Tamara Ingram has left McCann-Erickson UK without a job to go to, after less than a year in the role.
Ingram, described as the “ultimate Ab Fab/New Labour” ad executive, left Saatchi & Saatchi last year after 17 years to join rival McCann to be chairman and chief executive.
Ingram resigned from McCann last week after control of the advertising agency was taken away from her by Ben Langdon, the chief executive and chairman of McCann-Erickson World Group EMEA.
Langdon says he decided to split Ingram’s role, offering her the role of running McCann’s multi-discipline division World Group in the UK, while her responsibility for running the ad agency would be handed to someone else. He adds: “She has decided not to take up her new role and move on.”
Langdon refused to be drawn on claims that he moved her out of the ad agency after a poor new business performance and complaints from some of McCann’s clients. An insider says: “Tamara’s face just didn’t fit there.”
Deputy chief executive Chris Hunton is tipped to run the ad agency.