TBWA picks UK president after Tim Lindsay exit

TBWA Europe has appointed Robert Harwood-Matthews as president of TBWA Group UK, replacing Tim Lindsay.

It is not thought that Lindsay has a job to go to.

Harwood-Matthews has held several national and international management positions within TBWA, including responsibility for the PlayStation Europe business and the global Infiniti practice.

He will report to Perry Valkenburg, president of Europe and COO International.

Harwood-Matthews started in Young & Rubicam’s media department in 1994 and since then has worked at JWT and Publicis.

He joined TBWA in 2002 as partner, responsible for PlayStation UK. He was later appointed head of Europe and led the Nissan GB and Virgin
businesses. He was promoted to managing partner and client services director in 2006.

That same year he moved to BDH as CEO and oversaw the creation of TBWAManchester. On his watch, TBWAManchester won more than 20 pieces of new business including ghd, BP Retail, Manchester United and Electronic Arts.

He relocated last year to Los Angeles to establish the luxury group practice for TBWA’s global Infiniti business.

Lindsay was recruited to TBWA from the position of UK group chairman at Publicis.

Valkenburg says: “We have to thank Tim Lindsay for everything he has done for TBWA over the past years. He is well respected in the industry. Tim managed to regroup our London based companies around Media Arts and Disruption, and leaves the company in a good position. We wish him all the best for his future.”

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