Blue449 UK boss Simon Davis exits weeks after Spark Foundry merger

Davis has called time on the job after just over a month in the joint chief exec role / Publicis Media

Simon Davis has resigned from his role as chief executive officer of both Blue449 and Spark Foundry in the UK, just weeks after parent group Publicis Media consolidated the latter into Spark Foundry's global network.

In March, Davis – who has been boss at Blue449 (formerly Walker Media) for nine years – was handed the additional responsibility of overseeing Spark Foundry as part of the merger. However, he's now called time on the job after just over a month in the joint chief exec role.

As a result, Lindsay Turner has been promoted to lead both agencies and is appointed to the Publicis Media UK board with immediate effect.

She was most recently managing director at Blue449, where's she's spent eight years managing key client accounts, and overseen the creation of specialist agency Blue 449 Luxe.

Turner, will report into Publicis Media chief exec Sue Frogley and has been tasked with working with both agency brands’ management teams to ensure greater collaboration between the two P&Ls.

Commenting on Davis' sudden departure, Frogley said: "While I respect Simon’s decision to leave I will miss his wise counsel and his acute business acumen. He has achieved so much at Blue 449 and I wish him the very best in his future endeavours."

She added: “Lindsay is a proven operator who is a popular figure within the business and is greatly respected by colleagues and clients alike. I am looking forward to working more closely with Lindsay and her senior management team in leading our two agencies into a new era of success.”

Last month, Publicis Media announced that in the UK both Blue 449 and Spark Foundry would work closer together under a unified leadership team.

It announced that the combined global company would run under the Spark Foundry brand, except in France, US and UK where the Blue 449 agency name would be retained and “co-operate closely”.

As part of the plan, Blue 449 is set to service domestic clients and Spark Foundry will focus on global clients.

When the merger was announced, it was revealed that Phil Georgiadis, ex-global chairman of Blue 449 and Publicis Media UK, was also set to leave Publicis having co-founded Blue 449 (then Walker Media) in 1998.

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