COI chief executive Alan Bishop is to leave the government body after six years. He will take up the same position at the Southbank Centre early next year.
Bishop, a former chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi International, will take over from Michael Lynch, who will leave the arts centre in April next year.
COI is yet to appoint a successor for Bishop’s position and a spokesman says the recruitment process will be a matter for the Cabinet office.
Bishop says: “After six fantastic years at the Central Office of Information I am very sad to announce my departure. It’s been a great experience.
“I now look forward to taking up the role of chief executive at the Southbank Centre. I have always been passionate about the arts, so this is a new and exciting challenge for me.”
Bishop began his advertising career at Bates London in 1974. He then became the founding partner at start-up agency Milton Sharam Gottlieb in 1978. From there he moved to Foote Cone & Belding before returning to Bates in 1983.
He joined Saatchi & Saatchi in 1985 where he held a variety of senior positions, ending up as chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi International in New York, before becoming chief executive of COI in 2003.