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Cheil UK increases Matt Pye’s remit as COO steps down

Cheil UK has revealed that managing director Matt Pye is set to take on a wider remit, following Chris Harris’s decision of to step down as president and COO of Cheil Europe.

Harris said: “It’s an awesome senior line-up brought together through an 18-month investment in the best talent in the industry to offer clients outstanding levels of creativity, planning and strategy, coupled with impeccable delivery to move their businesses forward. This has been a deliberate strategy – I knew when I joined that this would be my last role in advertising and my intent was to build a team that could carry on without me.

“Over the past two years, this agency has almost doubled in size, and made enormous progress in its capabilities. Growth has been driven by stellar campaigns such as the Olympics work for Samsung as well as the NX/We are David Bailey campaign, to name just two of the highlights of last year. So I’m not leaving for negative reasons – and I’m not leaving to go to another agency. After 33 years in advertising, I’m leaving the sector to do something completely new to me and I don’t yet know what that will be. What I do know is that I am immensely proud of what we have achieved and very excited for the future potential. It’s testament to Matt’s brilliant contribution that he’ll be taking it on.”

Harris will remain with Cheil in a consultancy role until June.

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