Award-winning agency, CHS appoints new MD and Chair of the Board

CHS appoints new MD
Left to right: Paul Hand, Chris Southgate, Steve Keats

CHS, the Dorset based, award-winning full-service agency, is pleased to announce two new appointments to its leadership team – with a new Managing Director, and new Chair of the Board.

After over 25 years at the agency, current MD Steve Keats is moving into the new role of Chair of the Board as he hands the running of the agency over to Chris Southgate from October 1st.

Chris Southgate joined the agency in 2009 to lead a growing digital team and has since been instrumental in winning pitches for key client accounts including HSBC, Allianz and Mastercard.

Over the past 11 years, I’ve had the absolute privilege to be part of the team here at CHS, working with some of the most talented, creative, incredible people I’ve ever met. And I could not be more excited about our next chapter.

In the past year, we’ve added more household names to our client roster, grown and strengthened the team and have been shortlisted for Agency of the Year by Marketing Week. For an agency that many may not have heard of, we’re certainly doing something special.

Chris Southgate

I am delighted that Chris will be stepping up to Managing Director as I take a step back, although I won’t be going anywhere. I’ll still be actively involved as Chair of the Board, setting and implementing our strategy and direction, and of course, supporting Chris in his new role.

Steve Keats, CHS’ new Chair of the Board

CHS is a creative marketing agency based in Christchurch, Dorset, employing more than 50 people and was recently shortlisted for the agency of the year.

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