Response One chief Stuart Huke leaves after 13 years

huke 2Response One marketing director Stuart Huke is leaving the St Ives-owned data insight business after 13 years to “explore other avenues”.
Huke joined the Bath-based company as senior planner buyer from Rapp in 2004, and then had spells as media group head, associate director and media director before taking up the marketing director role last year.
As well as being in charge of all external and internal communications and pitch documents and presentations, Huke also managed the client development team which is tasked with reviewing, building and communicating client strategy development.
On LinkedIn, Huke wrote: “It has not been an easy decision but the time is right to explore other avenues in my life and career. A big thank you to all my colleagues that I have worked with over the years at a truly wonderful company and all the fantastic clients that I have worked with in that time.”
His decision comes just three months after Decision Marketing revealed that St Ives Group is to merge Response One with Occam, under the leadership of Damian Coverdale, who has been at Response One since 2003.
It not known if Huke’s departure has been sparked by the move.
The merger follows the exit of Occam managing director Neil Evans, who left in March to take a stake in Cheltenham agency DMS and become chief executive.
Occam was launched in 1993 and has around 80 staff; Response One was set up in 1998 and has a headcount of about 100. However, it is not yet known which brand will be axed.

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