Ex-Publicis EVP Fills TracyLocke Post

DALLAS TracyLocke has hired Lionel Knight for the new position of director of insights and strategy at its headquarters here, the agency said.

Knight was previously executive vice president, director of strategic planning at Publicis in Mid-America.

At the Publicis shop in Dallas, Knight created a planning group that contributed to client wins, according to TracyLocke. He worked with Publicis clients such as Abbott Labs, BMW, Denny’s, Nestle, Principal Financial, Sara Lee, Zales and Curves, among others.

“Lionel is a world-class leader in the strategic planning arena and is the ideal executive to help TracyLocke as we evolve and transform our agency into a more focused retail marketing firm with dedicated expertise on consumers and their shopping behavior,” said Ron Askew, CEO of TracyLocke. “Lionel brings a wealth of talent and experience that will be invaluable to us as we move to infuse strategic planning into all our disciplines.”

TracyLocke’s Dallas office serves 7-Eleven, Pepsi Bottling Group, Frito-Lay, Harrah’s, Palm Beach Tan, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and other clients. The agency also has a headquarters in Wilton, Conn., whose largest client is Pepsi.

Knight called TracyLocke “an agency that searches for big ideas that can connect with the consumer at all points of contact, especially in-store, at home and through cross media channels.”

Knight began his planning career in London at Fletcher Shelton Delaney, where over six years he worked on a series of packaged-goods brands. He then spent eight years at Burkitt Weinreich Bryant Clients & Co. before heading to Court Burkeitt & Co. as joint managing director and finally to Publicis in Mid-America in 1998.