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Pont quits MPG for strategy role at Naked

LONDON - Media Planning Group marketing director Simon Pont is leaving the agency to take up a job at Naked, the communications planning shop.

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He will join Naked as strategy director, primarily working on the Boots account, and will join in the New Year.

Mark Craze, MPG managing partner, said that they were now looking for a new marketing director and that headhunters have been briefed.

Pont was with MPG for two years. Before that, he was at ZenithOptimedia, where he was a strategist. He has also held roles at Saatchi & Saatchi and Mediaedge:cia.

Craze said: "Simon built his career in strategic roles, then switched to marketing and new business with MPG and now wishes to return to working on client strategies. We wish him well at Naked. For MPG, the focus now is on finding a marketing director to help drive the agency's growth in 2007."

Pont's departure follows that of Martin Thomas, head of strategy at MPG. He left after only a year to start his own consultancy.

MPG owned by the French advertising network Havas.

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