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Mike Fletcher 

JAA promotes Temple to CEO

JAA promotes Temple to CEO

John Ayling & Associates (JAA) has announced its new management line-up following the death of company CEO, Rob Stephens in April last year.

Richard Temple (pictured centre) has now been promoted from managing director to become the new chief executive, whilst board members Jonathan Newton (pictured left) and Nicholas Smith (pictured right) have been given the roles of chief client officer and chief digital officer respectively.

On his promotion, Temple said: “I’m excited to be leading the team into 2021 and beyond. Despite the challenging last 12 months, JAA has grown from strength-to-strength. We chose not to furlough any of the team and we’re delighted to announce a number of new business wins to kick-off the year. My vision is to harness our enterprising spirit, build on our excellent strategic and creative thinking and continue innovating so that we can grow our client’s businesses is this ever-changing and fast-paced world.”

Throughout lockdown, JAA has worked on a number of Covid-19 campaigns, specifically successfully sourcing half a million NHS volunteers in 48 hours on behalf of the Royal Voluntary Service.

Temple has also overseen a step-change in pitch conversions, with new business wins including Loake, the shoemakers, Sanderson Design Group, Worldwide Cancer Research lottery and most recently, Fishers Gin.

Caroline Ayling, the daughter of JAA founder and chairman, John Ayling, has also joined the media independent as marketing director, following 15 years in sports marketing.

Other recent appointments include Antony Newfield, who joins as business director from Mindshare, Ian Redman, who returns to JAA as interim executive director, and Dale Simmons, who joins as data strategy and analytics director.

Chairman John Ayling said: “As the UK’s original independent media agency we are fiercely proud of our 42 years in the media industry but it is time for our senior leadership team to forge ahead and continue delivering creative and cutting edge solutions for our clients. We live in a fast paced and evolving world and now is the right time to refresh the leadership of the business.

"Richard Temple is the perfect person to lead JAA through the next chapters, ably supported by a great team of existing and new talent. I’ll still be around to support the team where needed. Personally, it’s great to see my daughter Caroline join the team - she has a lot of experience and energy to offer the business.”

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