Fetch founder James Connelly leaves Dentsu Aegis Network

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by Keiligh Baker

Fetch founder and chief executive James Connelly has announced he is leaving the business to take a "gap year" from the industry.

He sold Fetch to Dentsu Aegis Network for £30m in 2014 but continued in his role as chief executive. During that time the company took on Very, The Telegraph, AEG and eBay as clients.

Writing in a LinkedIn post, Connelly said that 2019 marked 10 years since Fetch started trading and prompted him to think about "what's next".

"To that effect, I have decided to step down from both Fetch and Dentsu Aegis Network, this will be my last week," he added.

"I’d like to thank everyone at Dentsu for supporting me, for welcoming us into the network and giving me the opportunity to work with many truly amazing people. Having spent the last 12 months working on the DAN corporate strategy, I can see how special Dentsu and DAN is.

"Businesses that have a clear vision but also the capability to adapt will win in this period of change, putting both Fetch and Dentsu Aegis Network in a strong position."

Connelly added he will spend 2019 taking the "gap year" he never "quite got around to".

Dentsu Aegis Network's executive chairman, Nick Waters, said: "Not only has James integrated a brilliant agency into our network in Fetch, he has played a key role in the development of our corporate strategy for the years ahead.

"We will miss James’s energy and passion, but we respect his decision and wish him all the best for the future."

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