NavyBlue brings in Realtime's Jones as new chairman in succession drive

Navyblue has appointed Phil Jones as chairman of the Edinburgh, London and Leeds-based group.

Jones, who has previously advised the agency, has been appointed with a remit to help further develop Navyblue’s global offer, building on the growing portfolio of non-UK based clients – the latest example of which has been Navyblue’s re-branding for Magyar Radio, the state owned Hungarian broadcaster.

He takes on the role following the departure of chairman, Jim Faulds last year.

Says Jones of his new appointment: “I have been working with Navyblue in an advisory capacity for a some time now and they have proved themselves to be a dynamic, hungry business with very high-standards of creativity and client service at its core. Navyblue is continuing to capitalise on its growing portfolio of international clients, building the thriving business into one that has a real international focus. My role will be to help the board steer that course and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.”

Said Geoff Nicol, founder and joint managing director of Navyblue: “Succession management remains at the heart of our business. Doug Alexander, my fellow founding partner, and I have been working together since April of last year on strengthening the team at all levels. As a result, we recognised the need to put the right individuals with specific skills in place to help facilitate growth for the company.”

Alexander agreed: “Phil has played a key part in advising us on these individuals and the benefits are already paying off. Crucially, he has helped to open the door to a number of new clients and prospects.

“To have such a well-regarded and inspirational person on board as our group chairman neatly underpins our strategy for future growth and development.”

Jones is also chairman of Mook, Reading Room, McKenzie Clark and MD of Realtime Consultancy.

He is the founder and organiser of PodgeLunch and DigitalPodge.

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