Rapp chief client officer Sam Nolan, the London agency’s former managing director and one of its longest serving senior executives, is understood to have left the business to “pursue new opportunities”.
Nolan, who started her career client side at Commercial Union (now Aviva), joined Rapp (then WWAV Rapp Collins) in 1995 as a senior account manager.
During her time at the agency, she went on client secondments at T-Mobile and Sainsbury’s, and also moved up the ranks through the roles of head of client services and managing partner.
In 2007, Nolan was handed the job of managing director, the agency’s first MD following Marco Scognamiglio’s promotion to chief executive in January 2005. He has since been made the agency’s group chief executive.
By 2009, Rapp Media boss Pete Mitchell had taken over the running of the London agency to cover Nolan, who went on maternity leave. When she returned, he was appointed over her as CEO, but within two years Mitchell’s role had been axed in a major cost-cutting exercise.
Nolan became group managing director of client development, and then in December 2012 took on the chief client officer role. John Perkins was promoted to managing director in February 2013, taking over the day-to-day running of the London agency, reporting directly to Nolan.
At the time of writing, Nolan was unavailable for comment, although it is understood she has left without a job to go to. Rapp had not responded to enquiries from DecisionMarketing about who, if anybody, will be stepping into Nolan’s shoes.
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