Exclusive: Moult trades the Havas chairman post for the executive chairman role at Ogilvy Group


MOULT.jpgCampaign Brief can reveal that Havas Australia chairman Tom Moult has quit the group – which includes ad agencies Euro RSCG and The Furnace – for the executive chairman role with the Ogilvy Group.

Moult, an art director, made his creative rep at JWT London in the late 80s before being lured out to Saatchi & Saatchi, Sydney in 1987 (together with then writer partner Simon Collins) by then ECD Ron Mather. Together, the team had a brilliant couple of years, creating a string of award-winning ads, including the Rabbit ‘Shark’ commercial and the topical Volvo ‘Survive the Crash’ print ad, which ran the day after the stockmarket crash of 87.

In 1988 Moult and Collins were named Campaign Brief Creative Team of the Year and, in large part due to their creative output, Saatchi’s took out the CB Agency of the Year title.

In 1989 Moult was then poached by The Ball Partnership to the CD gig, where he remained until moving up to CEO after the agency was renamed Euro RSCG. In the late 90s, with backing from Havas, he started The Moult Agency, which, in January 2006, merged with Havas owned Arnold to create The Furnace. At that point, Moult was named chairman of Havas Australia.

(Moult was not returning calls from CB and no doubt more on this as details come to hand.)

UPDATE: After the CB Blog broke the news, Simon Canning has since reported more on The Australian website.