BETC London Announces Russell Davies as New Chief Strategy Officer
BETC London has announced the appointment of leading strategist and writer Russell Davies as Chief Strategy Officer. He will be part of BETC London’s management team, working alongside Executive Creative Director Rosie Bardales and a soon to be appointed Managing Director.
Davies joins the agency from an interim role as CEO of digital charity Doteveryone. He brings twenty-five years of experience working for companies like Nike, Apple, Microsoft, Honda, W+K and R\GA, and is the only person to have won both an APG Creative Planning Award Gold and a D&AD Black Pencil.
“What can I say, we’re incredibly excited to work with a guy as talented as Russell. His experience, curiosity and innovative mind-set is a true sign of a new, dynamic time for BETC London. It's awesome,” says BETC London ECD Rosie Bardales.
Davies will work with BETC London brand partners, which include Cow & Gate, GANT, Air France and the newly added Coty account, as well as contributing to the BETC network.
2015 saw the BETC network grow to almost 1000 people and an increase in organic revenue of 8%. 2016 is bringing further talent and business growth for the three offices, with leading global brands such as Peugeot, evian, Canal+, Lacoste and Air France.
September saw the inauguration of BETC’s new headquarters Les Magasins généraux
- a 20,000m² former flour and grain warehouse - situated in Greater Paris. The
building presents a diverse cultural ecosystem, housing BETC Paris’ 900 staff,
creative partners and a dedicated creative space open to the public. The move
to Les Magasins généraux heralds a new era of international creative growth,
production and innovation for the BETC network and for Greater Paris.
Rémi Babinet, Chairman of BETC adds, “Russell’s appointment comes at a very exciting time for BETC London, hot on the heels of creative and new business growth. 2016 has been a great year so far for BETC, with the opening of Les Magasins généraux and growth across all three BETC offices. We’re excited for 2017.”
Russell Davies concludes, ”I’m really looking forward to working with Rosie and the team. BETC are trying new things and are keen on working in different ways. That suits me. It’s going to be fun.”
Russell Davies will join BETC London in January 2017.