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Twentysix's MD named CEO as founder Gail Dudleston becomes chairman


By Imogen Watson, Senior reporter

September 13, 2019 | 3 min read

Twentysix's founder, Gail Dudleston is named chairman, after she handed over her role as global chief exec to its managing director Ryan Scott.

Twentysix's MD named CEO as founder Gail Dudleston becomes chairman

Twentysix's MD named CEO as founder Gail Dudleston becomes chairman

Dudleston founded the agency in 2005, with an initial team of six working under a railway arch. Now Twentysix has grown to a team of over 160 digital specialists, with offices in Leeds, London, and New York. Its client list includes P&G, TalkTalk, the NHS and Fortnum & Mason.

Scott, who is taking up the chief exec role, has been with the agency since 2008 when Dudleston appointed him to set up and run the agency’s search division.

During his time as managing director, Scott worked closely with Dudleston to merge all of Twentysix’s separate operating divisions – search, mobile, social, and web Development – to create one single agency team.

As chief exec, Scott now has overall responsibility for creating and implementing the company's vision and mission.

Discussing the leadership shuffle, Peter Reid, Group chief exec at MSQ Partners said, “We are extremely lucky to have two such talented leaders as Gail and Ryan. Gail has made an immense contribution to building the agency into the force that it is now, and we are equally excited about the agency’s future prospects under Ryan’s stewardship.”

On her new chairman role, Dudleston commented that “I am enormously proud of the achievements we have had together over the last 14 years. Ryan and I have done this through purely organic growth, and we put this down to three things: amazing talent, excellent products and services, and great value for money.

“I learnt early on to surround myself with good people – one of whom was Ryan. I am delighted to hand over the reins to Ryan and I wouldn’t want the agency to be in anyone else’s hands!”.

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