Wolff Olins has made a number of top-level changes to its management structure this week, ahead of an expansion into Eastern Europe.
The Omnicom-owned group is to operate with new managing directors at its two offices in London and New York. Both will report to world wide chief executive Karl Heiselman.
The role of London managing director has been given to account director Sarah Ashman, while the top New York position falls to Sam Wilson. Consultancy director Charles Wright will spearhead the opening of an office in Eastern Europe later this year.
The move is designed to facilitate the management of the consultancy and to enable it to grow more effectively, says director Robert Jones. Until now, both the London and New York offices have been managed from the US by Heiselman, who was promoted to the joint role last July (DW 5 July 2007). As part of the restructure, Heiselman is also introducing a new global leadership team.
Alongside him will sit chairman Brian Boylan, Wilson, Ashman, Wright, Jones, chief operating officer Steve Richards, executive creative director Patrick Cox, head of strategy Neil Parker and head of human resources Camille Burrows. Reporting to Ashman in London will be UK design head Martin Brown, UK head of strategy Nick Keppel-Palmer, head of account management Caroline Hancock, and UK head of finance Chris Walker. UK head of consulting and Booker Prize-nominated author Mohsin Hamid is taking a sabbatical.
The group employs 120 staff at its London office and 50 in New York