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Leslie Butterfield Appointed Group Chief Strategy Officer

New York, New York, USA, October 1, 2008 – Interbrand, the leading brand consultancy, has named Leslie Butterfield as Group Chief Strategy Officer. Mr. Butterfield will oversee worldwide management of the firm’s strategic offering to clients, including the growth and development of its brand strategy products and methodologies.

“We are experiencing a growing need for our clients to assess how brand drives demand and an ever increasing desire to really understand Brand ROI. It doesn’t matter if it’s a new identity, retail environments and packaging, employees’ living the brand, or an analytics-driven demand model; understanding value creation is ever more vital to business leaders,” commented Group Chief Executive Jez Frampton.

On his appointment, Butterfield said, “I’ve always seen Interbrand as the world’s leading brand consultancy and clearly the first name that comes to mind when you think of the sector, no matter where you are in the world. So when offered this role, I jumped at the chance. It’s a really exciting opportunity to join such a professional team and help them build on Interbrand’s leadership position, and excellent reputation with clients.”

Butterfield has nearly 30 years of experience in building brands and is widely regarded as one of the leading minds in the Marketing industry in the UK. He began his career in advertising at Boase Massimi Pollitt (now DDB London) and is recognized as one of the handful of people who shaped the discipline of Account Planning. He went on to become head of planning at Abbott Mead Vickers (now BBDO London) and later went on to found Partners BDDH, famous for its Mercedes-Benz and Co-operative Bank advertising.

In 2001, Butterfield created Butterfield8, a consultancy that later became one of the cornerstones of the Ingram Partnership – the audacious start-up by Chris Ingram and his partners in 2003. Following Ingram’s decision to close the business in late 2007, ButterfieldPartners was created.

During his recent career, Butterfield has advised a range of UK and international clients including British Airways, BT, Mercedes-Benz, Waitrose, Orange, Chrysler, Seagram and the UK Government.

In 2007 Butterfield was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List for services to the industry. He has written widely on the subject of brands, communication and advertising including; Understanding the Financial Value of Brands, Advalue: 20 Ways Advertising Works for Business and Enduring Passion: The Story of the Mercedes-Benz Brand.

For more information or to request a photograph of Leslie Butterfield, please contact Lisa Marsala at (212) 798-7646 or lisa.marsala@interbrand.com.