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One Black Bear promotes Kate Hartshorn to managing partner


By Michael Feeley, Founder and chief exec

May 29, 2018 | 2 min read

Full service agency One Black Bear has promoted its associate planning director Kate Hartshorn to the role of managing partner.

The move will see Hartshorn lead the Birmingham-based agency alongside owners and founders, Richard Elwell and Jon Harrison. Her new role will involve a broader remit of developing the agency from its current 25-strong team while retaining planning, insight and client liaison responsibilities.

Hartshorn previously spent fifteen years with Big Communications - now known as Big Dog - as client services director and, later, as managing partner working closely across a range of national and international brands.

Elwell said: “I can't overstate how pleased we are to have Kate in this role – she’s the brightest planning brain for miles around and genuinely a brilliant agency personality. Kate brings vast experience and ability and is a champion of 'the big thought'. Her insight, intuition and forensic detail across briefs will further bolster our offering to clients.”

Hartshorn added: “I'm really happy to be taking on this senior role within One Black Bear. The agency is in a great position following our best year to date and I'm really looking forward to driving our progress further by fighting for work that is truly effective and by supporting our staff to become best in class.”

One Black Bear works with clients including National Express, Marketing Birmingham, Triton and St Basils.

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