Mr President

Core disciplines: Advertising/Creative, Digital, Integrated marketing

One of the Top 30 most viewed agencies for 2016

Key people

Claire Hynes
Claire Hynes
Managing Partner

Claire has over 15 years experience in client services and has worked in some of the world’s most innovative agencies.
She began her career in the early days of AKQA, then moved to LBi (when it was a tiny agency called Oyster), seeing both of those businesses through a period of incredible growth. She joined Dare as an Account Director in 2003 and was part of the team that transformed it from a small, unknown start up to a 200-strong digital powerhouse.
Claire led numerous pieces of business for Dare and ran the multi-award winning Vodafone account that helped to see Dare crowned Campaign’s agency of the year 4 times and eventually Agency of the Decade in 2010. Claire was promoted to the Board of Dare in 2005, Head of Client Service in 2008 and Managing Director in 2009.
She left Dare after 9 years in 2012 to bring together the most talented people she knows to build a new agency, Mr. President. And it’s going strong.

Nick Emmel
Nick Emmel
Strategy Partner

After graduating from Oxford University with an MA in Earth Sciences he joined advertising agency BatesUK as a grad trainee. Working on the Halifax account, he was in some way responsible for bringing Howard to the public consciousness. Sensing that the world was becoming digital, he moved to direct marketing agency TMW to head up early eCRM work for Nissan and later Guinness, for which he won some nice awards at Cannes.Following a stint as Head of Digital for Yahoo!'s agency, he joined Dare as a planner.

Over 7 years, he helped Dare be crowned Digital Agency of the Decade through work on Vodafone, Sainsbury's, Barclays, The AA and EA Games amongst others. He left with Dare's Managing Director, Claire Hynes to set up Mr President in 2012.Nick lectures on digital strategy for the APG, IPA and NABS (and many other three acronym marketing bodies).

Laura Jordan Bambach
Laura Jordan Bambach
Creative Partner

For 20 years, Laura has brought her fresh and experimental approach to digital.  Combining tech insights, a deep understanding of people and their behaviour, and good old fashioned storytelling, she has won numerous awards for her commercial work and been recognised globally as an innovator and industry leader. Laura scooped the New Media Age Greatest Individual Contribution to the Industry 2011, was recently named the President of D&AD and to top it all, she was named one of Britain’s most influential people within the 2015 Debrett’s 500 annual list (published in The Sunday Times on January 25th).

Drawing on her extensive knowledge of digitally-connected work and the cultural implications of digital society, Laura lectures around the world extensively. Leading dynamic workshops at major Universities and centers of excellence including Hyper Island, School of Communication Arts 2.0, NUA College of Fine Arts Sydney and the RCA, Laura is a champion for helping graduates get to grips with new forms of communication.

Laura is the co-founder and Director of SheSays – an international volunteer organisation to encourage more women to take up digital creative careers. Now operating in 15 cities across the globe. Laura also founded Cannt Festival, a weeklong alternative to Cannes in London for the people who make the work but don’t get to go.

And if all that wasn’t enough, Laura is also a trained taxidermist.

Jon Gledstone
Jon Gledstone
Creative Director Partner

So let’s get this out in the open straight away. Jon was on ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ when he was 10. It’s true. And yes he’s fine, thanks for asking. Even back then he wanted to be in Advertising. So he designed a billboard for Natwest with David Seaman dressed as a panda, diving in goal to save the world. 24 years on, there’s still nothing he enjoys more than coming up with ideas. Some silly, some game changing.

This unrelenting passion has seen Jon work at some of Europe’s top agencies, producing campaigns for the likes of Nike, Orange, Carlsberg, Diesel, Bacardí and the Coca-Cola campaign for the Olympic Games at Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam.

Since being back on British shores, Jon started to explore even more experimental channels and developed a TV show for Fiat and Channel 4, created the world’s first ‘music prommercial’ for the Punto Evo with electronica legends Faithless, turned the movement of bats into a dance track, and made a film about breaking into one of the World’s most exclusive and remote music festivals.

If that wasn’t enough, Jon was also made an honorary Dutch citizen by Dutch Ambassador, Frans Timmermans, for his personal mission to get Englishmen to support the Dutch during the 2008 European Finals. So if you don’t like the sound of Jon Gledstone, try Jon van Gledstone instead.

Shahla Lalani
Shahla Lalani
Client Service Director and Partner

Shahla is known to ‘make things happen’ and has done so for over 12 years. She is a true believer in the power of brands - and loves to roll up her sleeves and work with clients to build highly successful, multi-disciplined campaigns.

Shahla managed the Bacardi Global brand portfolio at Mr. President across Bacardi, Martini, Grey Goose and Bombay Sapphire. Previous to this, she worked at Cossette, Canada’s largest advertising agency, managing brands such as General Mills, Coca-Cola and P&G from a convergent perspective – overseeing the strategy, mass and digital communications. 

She has won many advertising awards including three Silver Cannes Lion for Cossette’s work on Pizza Pops. She has extensive TV, Print and Digital production knowledge – managing multiple large scale film productions through to technical animation films. 

Prior to joining the agency world, Shahla worked on the client side at Microsoft, UPS and Bank of Montreal MasterCard.

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