Saatchi’s London Office Names ECD

NEW YORK Publicis Groupe’s Saatchi & Saatchi has hired Kate Stanners to steer the creative department of its London office as executive creative director, the agency confirmed. Stanners is co-founder of U.K. ad shop Boy Meets Girl.

Stanners fills a vacancy left by the October migration of Tony Granger to Saatchi in New York, where he replaced Tod Seisser as creative chief. The hire also comes a month after Saatchi installed Lee Daley as chairman and CEO in London.

“She’s got a superb strategic brain and real understanding of clients’ businesses,” said Daley, adding: “She really is about ideas and holistic thinking. She’s not about TV ads.”

Stanners, who left Boy Meets Girl a few weeks ago, said, in a statement: “I am thrilled to work for one of the most famous brands in the industry, and be at the heart of its continued reinvention.”

Boy Meets Girl was formed in London last year by three former principals of St. Luke’s: Stanners, Andy Law and David Pemsel.

Saatchi worldwide creative director Bob Isherwood was impressed not only by the caliber of shops Stanners has worked for (St. Luke’s, GGT, Bates Dorland), but also her creative range. “She’s just a brilliant thinker across different types of media,” Isherwood said, adding, “She’s a proven creative director with a good sense of business.”