Burnetts’ Lawson is to be new Y&R London boss, Sharpe moves over to head VML Europe

Well there we are then: Paul Lawson (left), CEO of Leo Burnett London for the past six years, is indeed upping sticks to Y&R London in the same role, as we suggested yesterday.

Current Y&R London CEO Jon Sharpe, former innovation director of the WPP agency, is moving to European head of WPP digital agency VML.

The moves follow the appointment of former Grey EMEA boss David Patton as global boss of Y&R. Patton has been mulling over his options for the past few months and appears to have found an elegant solution as he tries to restore Y&R London.

Lawson is a seasoned agency manager, who’s also worked with Y&R’s newly-annointed CCO Jon Birley in the recent past. Sharpe is a bright digitally-savvy exec who may be able to move VML up a few notches to become WPP’s version of Interpublic’s R/GA.

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