CP+B London Parts With CCO Dan Watts, Names JWT’s Russell Ramsey as Interim ECD

By Patrick Coffee 

The London offices of Crispin Porter + Bogusky parted ways with chief creative officer Dan Watts this week, approximately six months after he joined the MDC Partners network in the CCO role.

In his place, new employee Russell Ramsey will be interim ECD.

Watts (portfolio here) came to CP+B London after working at 4Creative, the in-house division of Britain’s Channel 4, where he helped run brand and channel advertising. He previously held other creative roles at 180 Amsterdam, Fallon, CHI & Partners and more.

“CP+B London and Dan Watts have mutually agreed to part ways. We thank Dan for his time with us and wish him nothing but the best in his next ventures,” said an agency spokesperson. “While the search is on for a long-term replacement, we’re excited to have the excellent Russell Ramsey join us today as our interim ECD.”

Ramsey spent nine years at JWT London, serving as ECD until stepping down early last year to pursue “another creative challenge.”

“2018 is proving to be a really exciting time at CP+B London and the coming months are going to show some real change there on all fronts,” said Watts. “Being out of advertising for a while and coming back (albeit briefly) into a creative agency with everything to play for has been a challenge, but a fantastic one and I wish CP+B London every success going forward.”

London, which is not the network’s largest location, currently employs 37 (down from around 60 in previous years, sources tell us). It has worked on campaigns for some of the network’s more significant clients including PayPal and Hotels.com.

According to the party who brought this news to our attention, Watts and CP+B London were simply not the right match at this time.