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New management hires set to be a 'game-changer' for GPJ

Agency appoints Jack Morton's Neil Mason and Ogilvy Group's Jonathan McCallam

Pictured: Nick Riggall, Neil Mason, Jonathan McCallum, Jason Megson and Mary Hodson

George P. Johnson (GPJ) has made two 'game changing' leadership appointments in its creative and strategy divisions, which it says will accelerate growth.

Neil Mason, formerly creative director at Jack Morton, has joined as executive director while Jonathan McCallam joins as chief strategy officer, following a senior post at Ogilvy Group.

GPJ managing director Jason Megson said: "To say that these appointments are game-changing for our agency is an understatement. Both Jonathan and Neil bring a level strategic insight and creativity that elevates GPJ to an industry leading position.

"George P. Johnson is at a tipping-point. We’ve got bags of untapped ambition, a fantastic team and a transformational vision that is already creating positive momentum both in terms of current client growth and new wins.”

The top level appointments follow other key recent hires at GPJ, including Nick Riggall as digital strategy director (formerly at Social Partners) and Mary Hodson as account director, (joining from sponsorship activation specialists iLuka).

New executive creative director, Neil Mason, ran his own boutique creative agency Lovely, and was creative director at Ignite (now Wasserman XP), Sledge and Iris. At his most recent work with Jack Morton, he worked on the Samsung account.

McCallum was head of sports marketing and director of sponsorship across the multi-agency group Ogilvy before joining GPJ.

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