Chief Operating Officer & Chief Finance Officer, AMV BBDO
Minutes after qualifying as an accountant with KPMG Dublin, Colin transferred into the world of media with a job as Finance Manager at Irish Independent Newspapers.
In 2000, the bright lights of London beckoned and he joined a Global Advertising network, BBDO, initially in a European role. Colin joined AMV BBDO in 2003 and was appointed Finance Director in January 2005.
AMV is the largest UK advertising agency. The BBDO network is the third largest Agency network in the world, with 288 offices across 80 countries. It is recognized as both the world’s most creative and effective agency network. BBDO has been Network of the Year at Cannes five times and is currently ranked as the most creative agency network in world in the Gunn Report and number one across all marketing communications in the Big Won. BBDO is part of the Omnicom Group.
As well as managing the day-to-day finances of the business, Colin has helped guide the agency through the development of The Lab production facility, plays a key role in general business development and acts as the commercial interface with the agency’s clients. In January 2010 Colin was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Within the industry, Colin serves as Treasurer of the Advertising Association, and is a member of the IPA Council. In 2013 Colin was awarded a Fellowship of the IPA for services to advertising, and was shortlisted for the Young Finance Director of the Year in the UK award.
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