One of the world’s most distinguished creatives, Rosie Arnold, has decided that 35 years in advertising is enough. She is leaving her position as creative partner and head of art at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO at the end of this year.
“After 35 years in this amazing business I am leaving AMV to pursue my personal passions. I remain committed to helping more diversity into creative departments and will be working with several organisations developing masterclasses and mentoring,” she stated.
“I love this business and consider myself immensely fortunate to have worked in it with the very best people in the very best agencies.”
Arnold joined AMV in 2016. She spent the rest of her career at Bartle Bogle Hegarty London, joining in 1983 after studying art at Central Saint Martins and reaching the position of executive creative director. She was BBH’s 11th employee. She ran the Lynx/Axe account for fourteen years and her campaigns, Getting dressed and Get in there, won many awards, including D&AD Yellow Pencils in 2005 and 2008 (respectively). She was president of D&AD in 2012, the charity’s 50th year, and introduced the white Pencil.
Arnold intends to continue her work with a number of organisations, including D&AD, Creative Equals and SheSays. She is also working on a short film with Pulse that will be released in January, a tribute to her mother that she has both written and directed.
Arnold is the second senior BBH employee to resign this month. Group chairperson and group chief executive, Dame Cilla Snowball, will also leave at the end of the year.