Hoare to Helm JWT U.K.

NEW YORK Toby Hoare, WPP Group’s top executive on its global HSBC account, is replacing Simon Bolton as the leader of JWT’s U.K. and Ireland operations, the agency said today.

Hoare, 45, becomes executive chairman, responsible for JWT London, CheethamBell JWT in Manchester, direct marketing shop RMG Connect in London, brand consultancy Everystone in London and DDFH&B Group in Ireland. He also joins JWT’s global executive committee of nearly 20 top execs from around the world.

Bolton, 45, had been CEO of JWT U.K. and Ireland since 2000. It’s unclear what he will do next. JWT said he is “discussing his next role with the company.”

For the past 18 months, Hoare has led the $500-600 million HSBC account as CEO of TeamHSBC. More than 30 WPP agencies work on the business, and Hoare is the primary contact for HSBC marketing chief Peter Stringham.

JWT said Hoare would continue to play a “key leadership role” on HSBC, in addition to assuming his new duties.

“Toby is a relentless and driven leader who has a track record of overseeing complex, multi-faceted global accounts, such as HSBC, and managing large agencies in the U.K.,” said JWT worldwide president Michael Madel, in a statement. “That makes for a great combination as he takes on JWT in the U.K., which is home to a number of our network’s multinational client relationships.”

Before JWT, Hoare was CEO for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Cordiant Communications’ Bates. He joined JWT via WPP’s acquisition of Cordiant in 2004.

Separately, JWT said that David Lamb, evp, director of multinational clients at JWT in London, is leaving to become worldwide marketing director at the Diamond Trading Co., a key JWT client. Lamb, 44, has spent 21 years at JWT and once ran the DTC account as a global business director. He will assume his new role in early 2006.

Succeeding Lamb in the client leadership post is Guy Chauvel, who takes the title of chief client officer for multinational accounts. Chauvel, 47, has been CEO of JWT France since 1999 and moves to London. JWT is expected to name a new CEO for France in the next few weeks. Sources expect the successor to come from within JWT.