David Worthington (pictured), longtime chief executive of Conran Design Group, was ousted from the consulting firm in a surprise move resulting from a planned merger of retail specialist and his stable mate Havas CGI Brandsense .
The reasons for Worthington’s departure are not yet known, but it looks like the UK retail slowdown has hit the group hard. UK turnover fell from £ 3.5million to £ 2.5million last year, while total turnover fell steadily to £ 4.4million in 2003 , to 4.3million pounds in 2004 and 3.3million pounds in 2005. Worthington is believed to have been asked to leave the consultancy firm last Friday.
CGI Brandsense will merge with Conran Design Group, headed by a new management team, confirms a spokesperson for Euro RSCG Worldwide. Conran Design Group Director Jane Simmonds will become the Managing Partner of the Combined Group and former CGI Creative Director Sid Madge will assume the role of Creative Associate. CGI Chief Executive Officer Stephen Thomas will remain President.
Worthington is the latest victim of CDG, after the departure of Business Development Director Peers from Trense in May (DW 18 May) and the departure in 2004 of Commercial Director David Chaloner (DW 3 June 2004). Design director Barrie Legg was ousted the previous fall (DW 4 Nov 2004). Former Fitch London CEO Jane Simmonds joined Conran Design Group in
2003 (DW June 19, 2003).