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Saatchi & Saatchi shakes up leadership team following exit of COO Danny Josephs

Danny Josephs departs Saatchi & Saatci

Saatchi & Saatchi London has promoted Sam Hawkey to the role of chief operating officer following the exit of Danny Josephs.

The agency said Josephs, who joined the company in at the tail end of 2016, is leaving to “pursue new opportunities”.

Hawkey was previously managing director of the Publicis agency. The MD role will now be filled by Larissa Vince, the company’s former chief growth officer.

Hawkey and Vince will form one half on the shop’s senior leadership team, joining chairman and chief strategy officer Richard Huntingon on the c-suite. The agency said it will be announcing its new chief creative officer soon, allowing Kate Stanners to focus on her global role.

The team will report to global president Magnus Djaba, who said: “As a Spurs fan I know what it’s like to have a superstar who is one of your own. Sam is definitely that. For Larissa, I couldn’t be more proud. Our secret weapon is now not so secret.”

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