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The Drum

Love promotes from within to replace Sim

Richard Hall (right) and Chris Conlan (left) will become the joint managing directors of Love after the agency's previous MD, Alistair Sim, resigned earlier this week following a criminal conviction.

It has also been announced that Phil Skegg will take up the role of chairman at Love and Dave Palmer will become the agency's executive creative director.

Palmer, one of the agency's founders, said of the changes: "Chris and Richard have a talent set that will benefit Love’s clients and the Love team. Together they have a great energy and a wealth of experience that will build on Love’s achievements and drive the agency into a successful future.”

Hall joined Love to head up the accounts team as client services director in July 2008. He has worked on the Sony PSP 3000 campaign and with BBC clients including Radio 6 and Children In Need.

Prior to joining Love, Hall worked in London for agencies including St Luke's, RKCR/Y&R and most recently client side at the BBC, on the launch of iPlayer.

Conlan joined Love in 2007 from a digital marketing background and has worked for JWT and McCann Erickson over the last 12 years. While at magneticNorth, he managed Kellogg's UK interactive strategy.

At Love, Conlan has focused on developing the agency's digital offering, overseeing digital strategy and managing clients including Dr. Martens, Warburtons and Microsoft for the Manchester-based agency.

Love's reshuffle was prompted by the shock departure of former managing director, Alistair Sim, who left the agency this week following a court ruling. His position at Love had been described by Palmer as 'untenable'.