The Leith Agency's longtime creative director Gerry Farrell leaves "to pursue other interests"

The Leith Agency's longtime creative director Gerry Farrell is to leave the Edinburgh advertising agency after 27 years. as it announces a new structure.

The departure of Farrell, according to the agency, is part of a 'long-term plan' as it aims to introduce an integrated creative service.

Richard Marsham, group managing partner of The Leith Group, commented: “Gerry has been instrumental to The Leith Agency’s success from the very beginning. We all owe him a massive debt. We’ve been in discussion with Gerry for the last year and he’s been taking a more hands off approach on our day-to-day business whilst helping us to build a Creative Department for the future. Our new structure reflects the diverse range of work that we now do for our clients now and in the future, further strengthening the quality of our experiential marketing, design and digital work, as well as advertising.”

Farrell added: "Leith’s been good to me over the years and I’ve been good to Leith. I’ve been extraordinarily lucky to have worked with so many talented, intelligent, decent people who I count as friends, not just colleagues. I’m leaving Leith’s creative department in good shape, the best it’s ever been. But there are things I’ve always wanted to do outside of this amazing agency and now’s the time for me to start doing them.”

Marsham added that the new structure would be "quicker and more effective" while allowing the agency to have "real ownership of our creative product."

Farrell is understood to be set to "pursue his own interests" following his departure.

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