Gurjit Degun
Jun 9, 2020

D&AD CEO resigns amid 'significant' redundancies

Charity is reorganising business after 'dramatic' hit to revenue.

D&AD CEO resigns amid 'significant' redundancies

D&AD chief executive Patrick Burgoyne has stepped down as the organisation restructures after the "dramatic" financial impact of coronavirus.

The charity said that Burgoyne "unselfishly volunteered to relinquish his role" as it plans a "significant reduction" in staff numbers.

Dara Lynch, who has been chief operating officer for 12 years, will take over in leading the company.

D&AD said that it has "seen our revenues dramatically reduce during the pandemic" and that businesses that are part-events companies have been "badly hit".

It has therefore set up a "survival plan" to allow it to continue to run the D&AD awards, support creative talent through its New Blood programme and "rebuild our reserves so that we can reshape D&AD for a different, primarily digital, future".

Burgoyne joined D&AD in September 2019, taking over from Tim Lindsay, who stepped up to chairman to replace Dick Powell. Burgoyne had been editor of Creative Review for 20 years.

The rest of the management team remains, comprising president Kate Stanners, deputy president Ben Terrett and the board of trustees, alongside Lindsay.

Campaign UK

Related Articles

Just Published

22 hours ago

Dentsu organic revenue declines 2.4% in 'encouraging...

Organic revenue fell 0.9% in Japan and 3.5% internationally in the first quarter, but overall underlying profit grew 20.8% as margins improved.

1 day ago

Singed by antitrust fine, Alibaba posts first ...

The tech giant posted an operating loss of RMB 7.6 billion ($1.1 billion) due to a RMB 18.2 billion ($2.78 billion) fine levied by China’s market regulator.

1 day ago

Thai mom-and-pop shops get a free geo-targeted boost

With help from Dutchmill Group and Wunderman Thompson, more than 200 micro retailers are starring in their very own ads and enjoying higher revenue. This delightful initiative has made Ad Nut's week.

1 day ago

Campaign Crash Course: Tips for marketers to tap ...

As marketers look for more effective ways to target consumers, gaming is rapidly emerging as a great way to catch their attention. Here's how marketers can tap this opportunity.