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New MD for Seal amid Birmingham promotions


By The Drum Team, Editorial

September 2, 2010 | 2 min read

PR and design agency Seal has announced three promotions at its Birmingham office, including the appointment of a new managing director.

Nigel Pipkin, Seal's PR director for the last four years, has been promoted to managing director of its Birmingham office.

Pipkin, who was editor of the Sutton Coldfield News before moving into PR with The Warman Group, has been promoted because of the "trust and respect [he] has earned with colleagues, clients and media," Seal said in a statement.

The PR director role vacated by Pipkin has been taken up by Lucy Kemp, who has been at the agency since February 2009 as an account director. Before that she worked as an account manager at Shine Communications.

Sarah Sanford, previously a senior account director, is the third promotion as Seal's marketing director.

Sanford has been at the agency for six years since joining from McCanns, and will now oversee design and marketing teams working with clients including Marketing Birmingham and NEC Group.

She will also be responsible for "nurturing fresh creative talent within Birmingham" through a dedicated training and graduate scheme.

Seal's chief executive, Katie Morris, said: "I wanted to recognise the real contribution these three star players have made and empower them here to drive the business forward to meet our ambitious medium-long term plans.”

The promotions come on the back of new business wins. Seal has won a marketing and design brief from the ICC, a "national remit" with parcel delivery network Hermes and a "fully integrated three-to-five year strategic campaign" for Birmingham's Broadway Plaza.

Last week the agency told The Drum it would not rush its search for a new creative director following the departure of Phil Birchall.

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