999 gets call to open London office

Glasgow-based group 999 has opened its first London office and poached two Wolff Olins directors to head it up.

Craig Dobie and Sandra Hill assume the positions of design directors on 7 January. They join from Wolff Olins’ New York office where they both worked for one year, and prior to that the pair were at Interbrand New York for three years.

One of the first projects the London office will be taking on is work for telecoms company Thus’s Demon brand. 999 won the Thus account back after an 18-month absence, following a successful repitch in November 2001. The work will probably be strategic.

The consultancy’s Glasgow team created the original brand identity for Thus, formerly known as ScottishTelecom, in October 1999 (DW 8 October 1999).

The London office is looking for staff, particularly designers and art directors, and hopes to have a team of six initially, says 999 group managing director Keith Forbes.

Dobie says he and Hill had considered moving back from New York since the summer of 2001, but had also been affected by the events of 11 September.

999 operates a Manchester office with ten staff, as well as its 36-strong Glasgow team.

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