Ed Palmer Joins St Luke's as Managing Director
St Luke’s has announced the appointment of Ed Palmer as Managing Director. Ed joins the agency from M&C Saatchi where he was Managing Partner heading up RBS/Natwest and TfL.
Ed’s joining will bolster the existing management team of Neil Henderson (CEO), Al Young (ECD), Julian Vizard (Creative Partner), and Dan Hulse (Chief Strategy Officer) and he will take over the day-to-day running of the account management department as well as heading up the online retail account, Shop Direct.
Ed’s appointment sees Dan Hulse, previously Managing Director and Planning Partner, take on the newly created role of Chief Strategy Officer, managing the strategic direction of the agency.
Ed’s return is somewhat of a homecoming as he started his career at St Luke’s in 1998, three years after the agency launched, staying for 7 years. He then had a stint at Leo Burnett before joining TBWA where he was made Head of Account Management running Mars, Playstation Europe and Biersdorf; and then M&C Saatchi as Managing Partner.
Last year St Luke’s turned 20 and grew by 39% - the third year in a row it has grown by over 25% - with the proposition of ‘helping brands set a new agenda’, which continues to resonate with both existing and new clients. St Luke’s has just announced that is has won the Aunt Bessie’s account.
Ed Palmer said of his joining: “St Luke’s is on fire. The opportunity to join a place that has such energy, with a management team I’ve known for the last 18 years, was too good to pass up.”
Neil Henderson, CEO of St Luke’s said of the hiring, "Ed is one of the smartest Account guys out there. His experience in delivering major multi-channel campaigns will play a vital role as we expand to meet our ambitious growth plans. It will be great to welcome him back.”