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Beattie's Got Talent

By Laurna Woods
Monday, 06 February 2017

The last few weeks I’ve blogged about working with the best in order to be the best, and savvy recruiting, to make sure a company doesn’t just attract a suitable candidate – but an exceptional candidate.

Why have these topics been at the forefront of my mind? Perhaps because this last month has been hugely exciting for Beattie in terms of attracting talent.

Last week we announced the appointment of a second industry giant to our team.

Alison Clarke joined our group as chairman of our umbrella specialist marketing brand, Only Marketing, hot on the heels of our new group chairman Kevin Roberts.

Alison is the former CEO of Grayling UK & Ireland, and member of Grayling International Board.

Laurna and Alison

She has more than 25 years’ experience of working with some of the world’s best known global corporations, leading programmes to refresh, reposition and introduce brands to multiple markets together with successful employee engagement platforms.

Following a successful UK consultancy career she was appointed CEO of Weber Shandwick Asia Pacific, responsible for 12 markets across the region. She led two consultancy mergers during that time.

She then joined Huntsworth PLC as Business Development Director working on identification of affiliates and potential acquisition targets in the UK, Middle East and Asia, before her four years at Grayling, shaping the agency for the future.

There is no-one better or more experienced to work with us to grow the Only Marketing brand and land some of the most sought after accounts out there, across PR, creative, digital, content, media and data marketing.

Her appointment has added to the buzz created by former Saatchi & Saatchi CEO and chairman Kevin Roberts, who is already inspiring our executive team to achieve great things.

Kevin started his advertising career in 1969 at Mary Quant cosmetics in the UK, where he was a brand manager. He joined Gillette's marketing team, working on women's toiletries, before going to Procter & Gamble in 1975, where he spent seven years as chief of marketing for its Middle East division. It was there that he first got to know Saatchi, as the agency's client.

He later went on to Pepsi in the Middle East before switching to become CEO of Pepsi Canada. After that he spent seven years as director and chief operating officer of the New Zealand brewery Lion Nathan before eventually joining Saatchi & Saatchi as global CEO in 1997. He then became executive chairman of the advertising firm and head coach at Publicis Groupe, supporting the company's "P12" directors and helping with its restructuring.

At Beattie we never stop looking for talent. We’re firm believers that a company’s biggest asset is its people. And we want to attract the best we can get our hands on.

Having signed the number one name in advertising in January, and the number one name in PR in February, we’re so excited to discover what the rest of 2017 holds.

 

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