Simon Marshall heads to Chicago

The Marketing Store (TMS) managing director Simon Marshall is to spearhead the agency’s US office in Chicago, after three and half years in charge of the UK division.
Marshall, who joined TMS in September 2007 from Publicis Dialog, will be replaced in the UK by deputy managing director Lisa Bonney. She was promoted to the deputy role in September 2009, from client services director.
Marshall has worked at TBWA/GGT Direct and Ogilvy One, from where he joined Publicis, staying there for seven years. He joined the agency world after a spell in the Army, as an infantry captain in the Eighties. He served for four years, including a tour of duty in Northern Ireland, but eventually fell back on his marketing degree.
It was while he was at Publicis, that Marshall struck up a good friendship with creative director Mike Cavers, eventually luring him over to TSM from Chemistry Communications in July 2009.
Marshall has also bolstered the agency’s digital capabilities and last month appointed Luffa Khnom as head of a new experiential division.
Khnom’s remit is to work with TMS’ client service teams to identify immediate opportunities, grow the agency’s portfolio and build the agency’s new experiential department. She joined from the School Food Trust.
Marshall is to become executive vice-president and managing director of North America.
TMS has 11 offices worldwide including Chicago, Paris, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Toronto and Hong Kong; clients include Shell, McDonald’s, Vodafone, Canon and Nissan. The company has a history of appointing Brits to senior roles; its former global boss was Graham Kemp, who retired from the business in January 2007.

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