[London] After major account losses throughout 2002, Lowe
& Partners Worldwide's U.K. agency has ousted Chief Executive Chris Thomas and is moving Matthew Bull, a leading star in the Lowe network, to London from South Africa to run the agency starting in May. Mr. Bull, 39, co-founded highly creative Bull Calvert Pace in Cape Town with Lowe in 1996. Originally a copywriter, he became the agency's chairman. In London, Lowe last year lost half its $90 million General Motors Corp. business, called Vauxhall in the U.K., the $8 million Burger King account and had to resign the $65 million Orange cellphone account. "We felt we had to take some action," said Tim Lindsay, president of Lowe & Partners Worldwide. "Matthew will bring joie de vivre and a strong sense of leadership, which is rather missing at the moment."