We welcome Simon Derungs as Head of Client Services
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Derungs as our new Head of Client Services. Simon joins at a pivotal time, as we build on significant recent wins whilst helping our clients navigate the challenges and opportunities of a post-Covid world.
Simon brings an enviable track record of transforming the fortunes of major brands and marketing organisations. His experience on both sides of the in-house/agency ‘fence’ is a rare advantage, offering a unique perspective and wealth of insights that will be hugely beneficial around the creative table.
Simon’s career history marks a who’s who across the marketing sector. Most recently, Simon held the lead consultant role at Oystercatchers & Econsultancy, where he helped senior marketing leads transform their ways of working to adapt to the disruption brought on firstly by the digital age, and now through the impact of Covid-19. His clients included PZ Cussons, Virgin Atlantic, TUI, King and the BBC.
Prior to this, Simon was Head of Marketing at BT, overseeing all roster management and agency relationships. Under his leadership, the BT Sport channel was successfully launched in direct competition with Sky, whilst he also led both London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics sponsorship.
Much of Simon’s career has been agency-side, notably at McCann, Publicis and M&C Saatchi. He has led such prestigious accounts as Foster’s, UBS, British Army Recruiting, Reckitt Benckiser, and McVitie’s, helping create some of the UK’s most awarded and commercially effective campaigns.
Simon commented: “I really couldn’t be happier. YOU is an incredible group of talented people, a rare breed that really do deliver integrated thinking and work that cuts through. I’m a big believer that true creativity shines when you face real challenges and limited budgets, so I know I’m joining the best team. Brands need to punch above their weight right now.”
Gary Grant, our Managing Director, added: “Having worked with Si at Publicis, I am incredibly excited to have him join us at YOU. His experience working Agency, Client and Intermediary-side is unparalleled. That experience of seeing the comms world from all angles will be a huge advantage in helping us to delivering the best, most effective work possible for any brand ambitious enough to work with us. It’s worth saying that he may also be the nicest bloke in London, but don’t tell him I said that.”