End of a Partnership as agency’s MD moves on

Dubai-based ad agency Partnership has undergone a senior management shake-up after its former managing director Jeremy Thommy decided to quit.

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By  Steve Wrelton Published  June 18, 2006

Dubai-based ad agency Partnership has undergone a senior management shake-up after its former managing director Jeremy Thommy decided to quit. Thommy, who helped to found the full-service agency nearly eight years ago, will hand over the reigns to fellow partner and former client services director Rahul Nagpal. Nagpal will now serve as the agency’s CEO. Thommy, who previously worked at Intermarkets before setting up Partnership in 1998, is leaving Dubai for Canada to join family members and pursue other career interests. He told Campaign: “I’ve been here for a long time now — 15 years — and the time has come for a change. I have kids that need to be educated and it’s just a time when I am moving on in life,” he said. “Leaving Partnership is like having to leave a baby behind. I was a founding partner and it is a difficult thing to do, but I feel that the agency is in a healthy state with a decent portfolio of clients. “It has come a long way since it started with zero clients and four partners. We have some 70 people working across our offices in Dubai and in Saudi Arabia, the agency is profitable and it is more than able to stand on its own feet without me.” Nagpal, meanwhile, told Campaign that the agency had been preparing for Thommy’s departure and that staff were determined to continue to deliver high standards. He said: “As partners we will all hate to see Jeremy go. We were one happy family and Jeremy has been like a big brother to us all. “We did know that this was coming, however, and I have been shadowing Jeremy in preparation. I guess that now I am the face of the agency and it is a challenge I am looking forward to.” Key Partnership clients include the Landmark Group — which includes the Home Centre, Shoe Mart, Splash and Max brands — Reef Mall, Nikai, Dubai Shopping Malls Group, Rasasi and Dubai Islamic Bank. Nagpal will remain in charge of the Landmark Group while group account directors Vishal Anand and Rahul Kantharia will run the rest of the agency’s portfolio of clients. “We have been recognised today as a boutique agency that provides cutting edge creative solutions,” added Nagpal. “My task is to maintain that as we go forward and make sure that as we grow there is no dilution. We have to be constantly energised in what we do.” The roles of partners and joint creative directors John Mani and Deshmukh V G, remain unchanged.

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