House of Cards author Michael Dobbs joins M&C Saatchi as non-executive director

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Michael Dobbs, author of the House of Cards TV trilogy, has reunited with advertising guru Lord Saatchi 25 years after he left the industry to become a best-selling writer.

Dobbs, 67, who was a a key adviser to Margaret Thatcher and a survivor of the Brighton bombing, will return to the Soho agency as a non-executive director at the start of the year.

He will be reunited with Lord Saatchi, who is still an executive director of ad agency M&C Saatchi.

Asked if the return of Dobbs meant M&C Saatchi would be targeting the Conservative party’s advertising account for the 2020 General Election, chief executive David Kershaw said: “You might think that; I couldn’t possibly comment.”

That was the catchphrase of Francis Urquhart, the scheming Government chief whip played by Ian Richardson in the BBC’s version of House of Cards in the Nineties.

“You might think that; I couldn’t possibly comment.”

M&C Saatchi’s David Kershaw

The role was reprised by Kevin Spacey in the US version in 2013.

Lloyd Dorfman, founder of Travelex, who has been on the board since M&C Saatchi floated in 2004 is standing down.

 

Source Article from http://www.standard.co.uk/business/house-of-cards-author-michael-dobbs-goes-back-to-mc-saatchi-as-nonexecutive-director-a3140386.html

December 18, 2015 |
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