Sudden death reported of Scottish marketing ‘big personality’, Kenny Harris

ONE of the ‘big personalities’ in the Scottish marketing industry has reportedly died suddenly.

Says The Drum media and marketing magazine, Kenny Harris has died after a sudden illness.

It reports: “Kenny launched sales promotion agency The Marketing Store into Scotland during the Nineties, before going on to launch his own successful creative thinking consultancy, HeadSurf.

“It is understood that Kenny took ill suddenly on Tuesday with a suspected brain haemorrhage and never regained consciousness before sadly passing away on Wednesday.

“Originally trained as a lawyer, Kenny worked for more than 15 years in advertising agencies in Scotland, including stints Castle Sales Promotions, MacDougalls Advertising and MCann Erickson. He was also a renowned stand-up comedian, performing in comedy clubs across the UK and also at ten consecutive Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.”

It quotes, Graeme Atha of The Marketing Society in Scotland, as saying: “Kenny was a big personality and a thoroughly decent person much loved by many. He was also a respected marketer. Although his degree from the University of Glasgow was in law – his true call was in marketing communications.

“He worked with a variety of agencies over the years before going out on his own with Headsurf, his creative training consultancy. Many of his skills as a communicator were honed as a stand-up comedian and he regularly performed at the Edinburgh Fringe.

“Over recent years he organised a series of debates for the Marketing Society. He loved to be involved either as speaker or chair and was passionate about debating skills being an important skill for marketers. It was also a great platform for his razor sharp wit and bright mind. This year, at the Edinburgh International Marketing Festival, Kenny was planning to host a game show format and was very excited about it. As Kenny would want – the show goes – and we will ensure we use this occasion as a fitting tribute to a great man.”