Mawhinney quits Faulds as Kwik-Fit rumours circulate
Mawhinney: heading back to JWT after an enjoyable stint in Scotland.BIlly Mawhinney, creative director of Faulds, says that he will be heading back to J Walter Thompson in London around mid September.
Mawhinney’s resignation comes at a tumultuous time for the ad agency as it looks likely that Faulds will have to fight to hold on to its Kwik-Fit media business after the company was acquired by venture capitalist firm CVC.
However, with the recent acquisition of Malcolm Moore Deakin Hutson in London and with deputy creative directors Steve Mawhinney and Pete Bastiman, Mawhinney says that MD Dennis Chester is not short on options for his successor.
Mawhinney joined Faulds in 1999 from Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper and was tasked with improving the agency’s creative output. Since he arrived Faulds has been in D&AD every year.
At JWT Mawhinney will partner copywriter John Donnelly working for clients such as NestlÃ©, Vodafone and Bacardi.
He says: “When John approached me it just felt like the right opportunity for me. I am still finishing a couple of films here and want the handover to be as amicable as possible. I am proud of what we have achieved at Faulds in the last three years and am proud of the creative department we have built up.”