Ex-Abbey boss joins Jenks for relaunch

Former Abbey marketing director Ambrose McGinn has resurfaced at specialist sales marketing agency Jenks, where he has been appointed joint marketing director.

McGinn has been brought in to relaunch the agency, which provides sales channel expertise for brands and companies including Masterfoods, Bayer, Del Monte and Ryvita. It specialises in providing sales channel expertise for the grocery, health and beauty, drinks and food service sectors, adding up to an estimated £140m in sales each year.

McGinn has been tasked with expanding its UK operations over the next five years, by increasing the use of outsourced sales and customer marketing services employed by brands.

Jenks is hoping to make a number of acquisitions and recently bought field marketing agency Blue Water.

Jenks was founded in 1961 by Dennis Jenks who identified an opportunity to sell American brands including Purina pet foods and Schwartz herbs and spices in the UK. During the 1970s, it built the Schwartz business to brand leader in the UK herbs and spices market.

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