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Rodney Fitch returns as chairman

14 November, 2003

International design firm Fitch today announced the appointment of Rodney Fitch, founder of the original company that bears his name, as Chairman of the group. Rodney Fitch CBE, who returns to the company after an absence of nine years, built Fitch & Co into one of the most successful design firms.

The company’s accomplishments include the interior design of Terminals 3 and 4 at Heathrow Airport that helped redefine airport retail. Rodney left in 1994 to set up a new specialist retail design practice. During a distinguished career that has spanned nearly forty years, Fitch has also been active in the evolution of design education and the arts. He is Deputy Chairman of the London Institute, helping to manage Europe's largest collegiate university of the arts; has served as a member of the Council of the Royal College of Art; and has been a Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum and now Chairman of V&A Enterprises, the museum’s commercial business. He was awarded a CBE in 1990 for his influence on the British design industry.

In rejoining the company he founded, Rodney will be an invaluable nexus between the firm’s long legacy of creative excellence and its commitment to unsurpassed creativity in designing brand experiences today. He will be based in London.

In another appointment that solidifies the firm’s executive leadership, Scott Wolfe will become Chief Financial Officer. Scott joined the company in January 2000 and has served as North American CFO for the past two years and as Director of Finance for the previous two. He will be based in Columbus, Ohio. Rodney will focus on three objectives: the strategic positioning of Fitch; client development; and the recruitment, development and retention of talent. Additionally, he will serve as Chair of a Global Studio, comprised of staff reflecting the firm’s interdisciplinary culture and focused on enhancing strategic and creative output.

Said Rodney, “I really am over the moon about this appointment. During the past decade, Fitch, together with our industry, has changed quite a bit. But the firm’s constants of a terrific team, fantastic clients, and wonderful work remain. I’m delighted to be a part of it again. I’m home!”

Commenting on Rodney Fitch’s decision to rejoin the firm, Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, Fitch’s parent company, said: “We are delighted to put the Fitch back into Fitch. We believe that Rodney’s appointment will ensure that Fitch continues to be one of the foremost firms in its industry, concentrating on brand communications and packaging, retail and live design, and product design. Under Rodney’s guidance, we are sure that Fitch will remain a leader in adding value to both its clients and its people.”

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