James Whitehead

James Whitehead

CEO at J. Walter Thompson London
London, United Kingdom


James was promoted to Executive Partner in January 2012 jointly leading the agency alongside Russell Ramsey and Joseph Petyan.
Since joining JWT London in 2004, James has had a huge appetite for delivering great work, driving growth and looking for opportunities to create positive change.
James was teamed up with Joe Petyan as Joint Managing Directors in 2010. Their focus together was on transforming the agency’s capabilities and talent to provide an integrated offering including shopper, experiential, digital and branded entertainment. He recently oversaw the acquisition of a mobile marketing agency to complete JWT London’s dotJWT digital offering.
He has had great success as a UK, EMEA and Global Business Director partnering JWT’s Clients in building their brands and businesses, including Diageo, Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft and Nokia. He remains hands on with businesses across the agency’s client portfolio.
James came to JWT from Saatchi & Saatchi, where he spent two years in Asia as a Regional Business Director on Guinness and SONY and six years in London. During this time he worked on Virgin, Muller Dairy, Lloyds TSB, Cadbury Schweppes, P&G and Allied Domecq, including a two year stint helping to set up Saatchi’s Interactive division.

Board Account Director / Head of Account Management
London, United Kingdom
October 2004 - December 2009 (5 years 2 months)
Regional Director
Saatchi&Saatchi Asia
March 2003 - August 2004 (1 year 5 months)
Account Director
Saatchi & Saatchi Interactive
August 2001 - February 2003 (1 year 6 months)

Trade Organizations

Oystercatchers Club, London

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