Murray quits DDB

Stephen%20WoodfordDDB London managing director Jorian Murray is to leave the company, and will be replaced by senior vice-president for Europe Nick Fox. Meanwhile, details of Stephen Woodford’s arrival as chief executive have been confirmed.

Murray, who is considering a start-up brand consultancy, will leave at the end of January. He has been at DDB London since 1992 when he joined as an account director from Publicis London and will be replaced by Fox, the agency’s senior vice-president, Europe.

Former Engine Group chief executive Woodford (pictured) was appointed to lead the agency last July, ending the seven month search for a successor to Paul Hammersley but, to date, had not received clearance from WCRS that he could start his new job.

Michael Bray, the president of DDB Europe, is also expected to confirm the merger of Burkitt DDB into its larger sister agency – a move expected since Burkitt DDB lost flagship £15.5 million John Lewis account in August.


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