AMV BBDO creative partner Rosie Arnold leaves industry and 'shoes too big to fill'

Rosie Arnold departs AMV BBDO

Rosie Arnold is leaving AMV BBDO and calling time on her 35-year career in advertising.

The vastly experienced creative spent three decades at BBH before taking up the head of art role at AMV BBDO two years ago.

Its executive creative directors Adrian Rossi and Alex Grieve praised the impact she had on the company in that time, saying: “We will be hiring a hundred to replace the irreplaceable Rosie Arnold. They are big (high heeled) shoes to fill, too big for one person.”

In a statement, Arnold said: “After 35 years in this amazing business I am leaving AMV to pursue my personal passions. I remain committed to helping more diversity into creative departments and will be working with several organisations developing masterclasses and mentoring.

“I love this business and consider myself immensely fortunate to have worked in it with the very best people in the very best agencies.”

Her departure from the industry will not see her breaking off from championing diversity through SheSays, D&AD and Creative Equals organisations.

Arnold spent 33 years at Bartle Bogle Hegarty London where she rose to the position of creative director, and joined AMV BBDO in 2016.

The news comes a week after another industry heavyweight, Cilla Snowball, announced she would be leaving the company after 26 years. Sarah Douglas and Justin Pahl were lined up to fill her chief executive and group chairman roles respectively.

Arnold will receive a lifetime achievement award at The Drum Advertising Awards in November for her years of work and for how she has helped encourage others to develop their own careers in the advertising sector along the way.

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