Grey London has completed its senior management line-up with the appointment of Bill Scott as Managing Director.
Scott joins after 13 years at BBH, where he was most recently Managing Partner & Client Services Director, as well as running the agency’s flagship and founding account, multi-award winning Audi UK, for the past seven years. He also led the Waitrose and RAC accounts, having been part of the pitch-winning teams on each.
Chris Hirst, CEO, says: “Bill really is a hire of the highest calibre, having gained fantastic experience through his 13 years at BBH. He’s that rare breed, combining excellent people management and client handling skills with confident and ambitious business leadership, and has great vision for the agency. The sheer amount of people who, upon learning I was speaking with Bill, told me that I ‘had’ to hire him is clear testament to his talent.”
The appointment follows the hire of DDB’s Lucy Jameson as Chief Strategy Officer in June and adam&eve/DDB’s Leo Rayman as Head of Planning in November, and completes the agency’s leadership team; comprising Hirst, Nils Leonard (Executive Creative Director), Jameson, Rayman and Scott.
Bill Scott, MD, says: "The opportunity to lead Grey into 2013 is a dream brief. The agency carries huge ambition and has all the ingredients to match: an enviable and diverse client list; the backing of a global network; strong, genuinely innovative creative; some of the industry’s most enviable talent and a dynamic leadership team, which I’m greatly looking forward to being part of.”
Scott started his career at Saatchi & Saatchi, before joining BBH London as Account Manager in 2000. After a short stint at BBH Singapore between 2003-2005, where he ran the Johnnie Walker account across the region, he returned to London as Business Director & Partner in 2005 and was promoted to Head of Account Management four years later.
This year, Scott was promoted to Client Services Director, and headed-up one of four ‘clusters’ within the agency, overseeing a broad portfolio of clients including Audi UK – BBH’s most integrated account, covering broadcast, CRM, retail and digital activity – Audi AG, Barclays, Barclaycard, KFC, Waitrose and RAC.
His hire caps a busy year for the agency, which has also appointed Saatchi & Saatchi’s Steve Davies as Design Director and Darren Wright (Wieden + Kennedy) and Michael Jacovides (ex-BBH) as Creative Directors. 2012 has also been the agency’s best year to-date; winning more awards than ever before – including the UK’s only Gold Media Lion, picking up more than £60m worth of new business and expanding its skillset with stellar businesses, including digital agency POSSIBLE and shopper marketing agency Dialogue, coming in-house.