Epiphany boss Rob Shaw has been handed the role of chief executive of Jaywing’s UK and Australian operations in a double promotion which also sees the managing director of the agency’s consulting division, Adrian Lingard, become chief operating officer of the parent company.
Both have also been promoted to the plc board. Martin Boddy remains at the helm as chief executive of Jaywing plc.
In his new role, Shaw (pictured) will take responsibility for agency management across the plc, while Lingard takes on a plc-wide commercial management role, while retaining oversight of the firm’s consultancy operations.
Current COO Andy Gardner moves to chief strategy officer with specific focus on international distribution, product development and M&A activity, signalling a new and focused strategic direction for Jaywing. Mike Sprot is promoted to chief financial officer.
The role left vacant by Shaw will be filled by Epiphany’s strategy director, Tom Salmon, while Lingard’s senior team will see an increase in their responsibilities.
The appointments come as the company posts a 39% increase in gross profit to £30.1m with a fourth consecutive period of Ebitda growth, which is up 75% on 2014 results. Jaywing also cites full integration and strong contribution from its Epiphany acquisition in March 2014.
Boddy said: “We have a strategy that will see Jaywing move ever further away from being ‘another’ marketing agency group to being a marketing agency specialising in data science and working in areas of growing marketing spend.
“A business that has both a high level of resilience and a strong platform for domestic and international growth. And, of course, a business with some exceptional people working in a highly collaborative environment for blue chip clients.”
Jaywing Jedi back Star Wars event
Jaywing bags British Gas UX chief
Jaywing recruits Guardian chief
Jaywing seals £12m Epiphany deal
Jaywing recruits head of planning
Blackwell’s hands CRM to Jaywing