BMB hires Engine’s Chalkley as new CCO

Jules Chalkley, creative director at Engine, is joining BMB (formerly Beattie McGuinness Bungay) as CCO.

At Engine Chalkley headed its government business, working closely with agency WCRS on accounts including the Royal Navy. Before Engine he worked at RKCR/Y&R.

Chalkley says: “Engine has been a brilliant time in my life. I’ve been very lucky to work with an incredible team and clients. BMB is an amazing opportunity, I’ve always dreamt of being part of the evolution of an agency steeped in genuine creative greatness. There is a wonderful future to be had making it the most creatively exciting, relevant, fearless and dynamic force to be reckoned with. And have a great time doing it.”

There’s enthusiasm for you. BMB CEO Juliet Haygarth (below with Chalkley) says: “Jules manages to combine an understanding and appreciation of the creative drive and craft of brilliant advertising, alongside the ability to create contemporary and agile creative ideas. He’ll be a great addition to the team.”

BMB has struggled since the departure of its founders, most notably highest of profiles creative head Trevor Beattie. It’s now majority owned by South Korea’s Cheil which paid a further £9m for another 26 per cent last year. Cheil (notable for its Samsung business) is itself negotiating to sell a 25 per cent stake to Publicis Groupe.

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