KEO Films recruits David Pattison as chairman

The UK indie has appointed advertising exec David Pattison (pictured) as its new chair of the board, with interim chair Zam Baring remaining on the board as a director.
November 4, 2014

UK indie KEO Films has appointed advertising exec David Pattison (pictured) as its new chair of the board.

Pattison took on the role effective November 1 and succeeds Zam Baring, who is stepping down after two and a half years but remains on the River Cottage producer’s board as a director.

Pattison spent the past 35 years working for a variety of advertising and marketing firms. In 1990, he set up the media agency PHD, which is now a worldwide media network owned by Omnicom. After leaving that company, he set up a digital business called iLG, which he sold to a private equity investor in 2008, and has been involved in a number of digital start-ups in the years since.

“David’s wealth of skills and experience in the broader media industry will be invaluable to KEO as it moves forward to its next phase of development,” said Baring in a statement. “My stint as chair was always intended to be interim until we could bring on board someone with the right level of experience and clout and in David we have found that person.”

Meanwhile, non-executive director Rob Love is leaving the KEO board to focus on spin-off River Cottage businesses, the equity and investment platform Crowdfunder and his digital agency Seachange.

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