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LONDON, Today: D&AD ceo Patrick Burgoyne has voluntarily stepped down from his role to protect the awards show’s finances, severely diminished by Covid-19.

He will be replaced by COO Dara Lynch.

An unsigned D&AD overnight release said: “We have seen our revenues dramatically reduce during the pandemic. Businesses like ours, which are in part events companies, have been badly hit. 

“As a consequence we have had to develop a survival plan that enables us to do three things; first, continue to run the D&AD Awards to our usual high standard.

“Second, to continue to support the emerging cohort of creative talent as it seeks opportunities in the advertising and design industry, through the New Blood program.

“Tim Lindsay will continue as chairman.”

And third, rebuild our reserves so that we can reshape D&AD for a different, primarily digital, future.

“A key part of that plan includes a significant reduction in our staff numbers; and this also means we have had to reconfigure our senior management team.

“Our ceo, Patrick Burgoyne, has unselfishly volunteered to relinquish his role and step down. We thank him for his service.

“Dara Lynch, our long-serving COO, will lead the company, ably supported by the senior management team – president Kate Stanners, deputy president Ben Terret and our board of trustees.”

Tim Lindsay will also continue as chairman.

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