M&C Saatchi has joined the growing list of London agencies competing for top creative talent and has hired top creative team Matt Pam and Simon Hipwell from CHI & Partners, formerly Clenmow Hornby Inge. CHI is 49 per cent owned by WPP.
Since the summer London creatives have been upping sticks in increasing numbers; the most spectacular example being the departure of four top names from DDB to Lowe & Partners. DDB riposted by luring two of its own former creatives from The Red Brick Road.
M&C Saatchi was also the subject of a major poaching expedition when executive creative director Graham Fink surprised nearly everybody by deciding to leave to oversee Ogilvy & Mather’s operations in China. M&C has since appointed Mark Goodwin as creative director but is still looking for a replacement for Fink to oversee the group which now includes 26 offices in 19 countries.
Pam and Hipwell worked at CHI for five and a half years, a veritable lifetime in current creative terms. Their main accounts at CHI were the Telegraph, Samsung and Anchor. At M&C they will work on the agency’s biggest accounts which include News international, Coca-Cola, Google and (what’s left of) the COI.