Proof – if it were ever needed – of the incestuous nature of agencyland has come with the news that Dave Harris, the creative chief who left DraftFCB after it was merged with Inferno, has been reunited with his old boss Kate Howe at Gyro.
Harris takes up the role of executive creative director next week, having spent the past 15 months as a creative consultant; he succeeds Mike Shackle, who is leaving to take a job abroad after two years in the post.
Harris took on the role of ECD at sales promotion agency IMP in June 1995, staying over four years before he co-founded Lida with Lisa Thomas in August 1999. He quit in September 2007, to be ECD at Wunderman.
However, Harris left the agency just weeks after his former underling at Lida – Mel Edwards (then Cruickshank) – joined Wunderman as chief executive in June 2012.
At Gyro, he will lead the creative team and report to Howe, who quit DraftFCB at the same time as Harris in December 2013.
Howe gushed: “David has achieved nothing but success throughout his career. His world-class talent and exceptional experience across all channels, combined with our talented team, will bring a best-in-class offering to our client partners.”
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