Reading Room Manchester MD Garry Byrne departs as agency prepares for move

Reading Room Manchester’s managing director Garry Byrne has left the business as it moves to new premises in the Northern Quarter of the City.

Byrne, who was promoted in last year from head of strategy after three years at the Manchester office has left, the agency has confirmed.

“We're very sad to see a great friend and well regarded colleague like Garry leave Reading Room. We've really enjoyed working with him and we're in full support of him in his pursuit of new opportunities," Kris Croucher, group commercial director for Reading Room Group told The Drum.

At the time of writing it was unclear who would take over the reigns of running the business in Manchester, as it moves to the Northern Quarter, opposite The Hive.

Diana Erskine, project director said of the move; “Manchester has an abundance of digital talent and Reading Room are leading the way in making the Northern Quarter the centre of it all. We are a local agency with global backing and moving deeper in to the city will allow us to thrive and help establish the area as the go to place for digital in the North, just as our London office does in Soho.”

The top floor will be known as the Roost, a free space to host digital events.

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