Chris Hirst

CEO at GREY London

London, United Kingdom
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Chris is a graduate of Oxford and Harvard Business School and began his advertising career at SP Lintas. Hired as a Planner, he quickly switched to Acct Management, then to BBH where he worked on a range of domestic and global brands including TAG Heuer, Audi and Unilever. In 1999 he joined Fallon where he helped to win the award winning Skoda account and a place on the BBC roster. As Client Services Director, he built one of the strongest Account Management Departments in London. As Managing Director of Grey London, Chris and the Management Team have run one of the industry?s most successful change management programmes, taking Grey from a safe-but-dull London outpost, to one of the most dynamic agencies in London. In 2008 on the back of a very strong new business performance, and an exciting and diverse creative output, Grey London was made one of Marketing Magazine?s Agencies of the year. Chris is married with two small boys.

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CEO

GREY London
London, United Kingdom
Chris is a graduate of Oxford and Harvard Business School and began his advertising career at SP Lintas. Hired as a Planner, he quickly switched to Acct Management, then to BBH where he worked on a range of domestic and global brands including TAG Heuer, Audi and Unilever. In 1999 he joined Fallon where he helped to win the award winning Skoda account and a place on the BBC roster. As Client Services Director, he built one of the strongest Account Management Departments in London. As Managing Director of Grey London, Chris and the Management Team have run one of the industry?s most successful change management programmes, taking Grey from a safe-but-dull London outpost, to one of the most dynamic agencies in London. In 2008 on the back of a very strong new business performance, and an exciting and diverse creative output, Grey London was made one of Marketing Magazine's Agencies of the year. Chris is married with two small boys.

European and UK Chief Executive Officer

Havas London
London, United Kingdom
Chris Hirst is originally from Northumberland. After graduating from Oxford with an MEng, he rather arbitrarily resolved to get a job in advertising. After working for a number of leading agencies, he joined the safe but dull Grey London as MD. Promoted to CEO, he got an MBA from Harvard Business School and began the agency’s transformation into the exciting, successful creative business it is today, being named the most effective and creative agency in the country as ADWEEK’s global agency of the year, IPA Effectiveness Agency of the Year and D&AD’s most awarded UK agency. Chris is a regular speaker at industry forums and commentator in national press. He is currently one of the BBC's Robert Peston’s Speakers for School. He joined Havas in September 2015 and is dedicated to creating the best possible business culture and environment to help attract the very best talent from all backgrounds. 

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