Hammersley to Steer DDB in London

NEW YORK Paul Hammersley, the former U.S. chief executive of Lowe, has accepted an offer to become chairman and CEO of DDB’s London office, DDB confirmed on Wednesday.

“This is a great opportunity that I could not turn down,” Hammersley said, in an e-mail. “DDB is a very strong network and the London agency has been one of the most successful and respected agencies in the world over the last two decades.”

Hammersley, who left Lowe last summer after 10 years with the Interpublic Group shop, will start at Omnicom Group’s DDB next month. Previously, the agency, whose global clients include Dell, Volkswagen and Royal Philips Electronics, was run by a trio of executives: co-CEOs Ross Barr and Chris Cowpe and chairman Chris Powell. Cowpe is expected to remain with the agency, albeit with a different title, while Barr is expected to leave, sources said. Powell recently retired.

From 1993-97, Hammersley worked in the New York office of Lowe, managing the agency’s Diet Coke business and becoming general manager in 1995. In 1999, he shifted to Lowe’s London office, first as general manager and later as CEO. Two years later, he returned to New York to become U.S. CEO. He lost that post, however, in June 2003, four months after IPG sister shop Bozell was folded into Lowe.