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Saatchi & Saatchi London has promoted Sam Hawkey to the role of chief operating officer following the resignation of Danny Josephs.

Josephs, who joined the company in at the tail end of 2016, is leaving to “pursue new opportunities”.

Hawkey was previously managing director of the Publicis agency. The MD role will now be filled by Larissa Vince, the company’s former chief growth officer.

Hawkey and Vince will form one half on the shop’s senior leadership team, joining chairman and chief strategy officer Richard Huntingon on the c-suite. The agency is currently without a chief creative officer after Kate Stanners was promoted to a global role in 2016, however it said a replacement will be announced soon.

The team will report to global president Magnus Djaba, who said: “As a Spurs fan I know what it’s like to have a superstar who is one of your own. Sam is definitely that. For Larissa, I couldn’t be more proud. Our secret weapon is now not so secret.”