Leagas Delaney’s Margaret Johnson adds to empire

We don’t usually do gongs (of the personal kind) at MAA but, what the hell?

Leagas Delaney group CEO Margaret Johnson (pictured) has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire, such as it is) in the New Year’s Honours List. Usually these things are dished out for services to charity (as indeed Margaret’s has for her work for the British Red Cross among others) but hers is also for services to the creative industry.

Some old adland hands might say that that’s the least she deserves for putting in a long stint at Leagas Delaney, an agency which has endured more than its fair share of ups and downs. But Leagas Delaney seemed to have steered its way into calmer waters of late (due in part to Johnson’s hand on the tiller) with a thriving mini-network in London, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Milan, Prague, Shanghai and Tokyo. She describes Leagas as “a boutique agency with a global soul.”

Agency co-founder (and famously uncompromising creative) Tim Delaney says: “I, like so many people, have so much respect for Margaret that this recognition is truly well deserved. Her outstanding brain, matched by her integrity and warmth, have contributed not only to her life in business but to her charity work. I could not be more pleased.”

Quite so. But what about a knighthood for Tim?

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Stephen is a former editor of Marketing Week and London Evening Standard advertising columnist. He wrote City Republic for Brand Republic and is a partner in communications consultancy The Editorial Partnership.