IPA, 4 December 2014
Tom Knox, Chairman of DLKW LOWE was this afternoon nominated by IPA Council members as the preferred candidate to succeed Ian Priest as President of the IPA in March 2015.
Tom is a hugely respected adman. In 2000 he was part of the team that founded Delaney Lund Knox Warren, which prior to the merger with Lowe and Partners in 2010, grew to become the largest non-network agency in the UK. He is also currently the IPA’s Honorary Secretary and Membership Committee Chairman.
Knox will be expected to serve a two-year, annually-elected, term which will be first ratified on the 26thMarch 2015 as part of the IPA’s AGM proceedings. His first public platform will be at the IPA Members’ Lunch in April 2015 where he will outline his two-year manifesto.
The announcement comes at the end of a formal three-month selection process by the IPA Presidential Nominating Committee which was led by Moray MacLennan, Worldwide CEO of M&C Saatchi.
Says MacLennan: “My role as Chairman of the nominating committee was remarkably straightforward. To identify that certain someone whom the industry wants as their next leader. It was soon obvious that this person was Tom. And we were even more delighted when he accepted with as much enthusiasm. I have no doubt that he will be a fantastic leader for the IPA and the industry.”
Commented IPA Director General Paul Bainsfair: “Tom is not only intelligent and witty, but he cares deeply about the industry. His background at both big network agencies and his own shop give him a unique perspective of the needs and issues facing our members. He is the perfect candidate to succeed Ian, and I very much look forward to working with him.”
Says Knox: “I am tremendously flattered and honoured to be chosen as the IPA’s next President and I look forward to building on Ian’s ADAPT agenda. As Hon Sec and Chairman of the Membership Committee I am aware of the great team and resources that the IPA has and I will do my utmost to live up to the legacy of all my illustrious predecessors.”
Tom Knox started his career at Delaney Fletcher Delaney in 1987. After DFD was acquired by Bozell he worked in New York for a year, followed by stints at Chiat/Day and AMV/BBDO in London. He returned to DFSD Bozell in 1995 as Head of Account Management. In 2000 he was part of the team that founded Delaney Lund Knox Warren, which prior to the merger with Lowe and Partners in 2010, grew to become the largest non-network agency in the UK. He is now chairman of DLKW Lowe. Tom is married with three stepchildren.
Role call of President’s since 2005:
Ian Priest (2013-2015)
Nicola Mendelsohn (2011-2013)
Rory Sutherland (2009-2011)
Moray MacLennan (2007-2009)
David Pattison (2005-2007)