MRM Meteorite joint chief executive and chief strategy officer Chris Whitson has left the agency just seven months after the business was restructured to create a “triumvirate” leadership team.
The exact reason for his departure is not known, although chairman and chief creative officer Nicky Bullard has claimed it is an amicable split with Whitson stepping down to focus on “new projects”.
The triumvirate approach will continue, however, with recently promoted Matt Conner taking Whitson’s role in the threesome, alongside chief executive Olly Foot and Bullard.
Having started his career in 1995 in his native Scotland at Faulds Group, in 1998 Whitson moved to London, and had spells at Bates, Rapier and GGT Direct before joining Clark McKay Walpole as planning director in 2001.
He stayed for three years before joining forces with Ben Stephens and Neil Francis in 2005 to form Stephens Francis Whitson, which was backed by VCCP.
Whitson quit the agency in October 2013, soon after it was merged with Tree London to create VCCP Me. He then spent 18 months at Team News – the WPP division set up to handle the group’s News UK’s account – before joining MRM Meteorite in July 2015.
Bullard reportedly said: “There are no hard feelings between us and Chris. Due to his entrepreneurial self he has got something new going on. But he has been really great for the agency.”
Bullard confirmed that the agency is now seeking a new chief strategy officer.
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