Brand, creative and digital agency, Mr B & Friends, has completed the hiring of its senior management team with their latest appointment. Matt Thomas has been appointed to the role of Client Services Director of the independent agency – he will head up a team of 7 account managers.

Thomas was previously Senior Account Director at Harte Hanks leading clients such as Vodafone, Microsoft and Coca Cola. He follows Rob Lowe from Harte Hanks, who last month joined the agency as Director of Digital. These recent appointments complete the agency’s Senior Management Team; also including Design Director Kate Gorringe, and Marketing Innovation Director Clare Jonik.

Simon Barbato, CEO & Founder, says, “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Matt to the agency. His track record of delivering outstanding client service is first class, and in discussions he has shown a strong sense of commercial capability and strategic and creative insight. I’m confident that Matt will have a powerful and positive impact for all of our clients and enhance our client services team with strong and experienced leadership.”

The 25-strong agency is one of the fastest growing agencies in the South West having doubled in size in three years, and now works with brands such as Unite Students plc, SSE Enterprise Telecoms, Tui plc, BBC, Six Degrees Group, Principality Building Society and Siniat (part of the Etex Group) delivering a wide range of brand, marketing and digital services.

Steve Richardson, Creative Director and Partner, adds, “Although we’re heavily focused on our creative product, the client services team is the engine room of the agency and the importance of strong leadership here cannot be underestimated. Matt is a perfect fit for us. He blends agency experience, people management skills and an intimate understanding of brand, creative and digital services. We are very excited to have him on board.”

Thomas comments: “Mr B & Friends’ reputation has been growing significantly in the past few years. The clients and people they have attracted bears testament to this. I’m hugely excited to be joining such as progressive group of people, and I am looking forward to working with the agency’s clients, adding value and developing the relationships further.”

Published on: 6:21PM on 16th May 2015