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Chris Cowpe loses cancer battle

Chris Cowpe, former joint MD/CEO of BMP (DDB London) and Co-founder of The Caffeine Partnership loses his two-year battle with cancer.


Chris Cowpe, former joint MD/CEO of BMP (DDB London) and Co-founder of The Caffeine Partnership died in hopsital yesterday after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 62.

Chris worked for over 30 years in advertising, joining BMP as a graduate trainee planner from Oxford in 1972 and was joint MD/Chief Executive of DDB London (the re-named BMP) from 1990 until he left in 2007 to co-found, with David Kean and Andy Milligan, the business growth consultancy The Caffeine Partnership.
During his time at BMP/DDB, the agency was a consistent winner of creative awards as well as dominating the IPA Effectiveness Awards winning three times as many awards as any other agency. It also delivered its financial targets for the 15 consecutive years he was MD/CE and was voted Agency of the Year four times.
At Caffeine, Chris’ main focus was on business development, brand positioning, and learning and development programmes for clients such as BNP Paribas, BDO, Strutt and Parker, Ogilvy and WWF.
For the past two years, Chris had been refusing to let cancer get the better of him, carrying on with inimitable bravery, stoicism and good humour.  Shortly after Christmas his health took a turn for the worse and he spent the past few months in hospital fighting hard until the very end.
“Chris was an immensely loved father and husband - a truly great soul.  He was a friend, colleague, mentor and champion to so many of us over his long and successful career.  As a co-founder of Caffeine he continued to share his wisdom and experience not only with clients but with us as well.  We have lost a great man and a good friend” said David Kean, Caffeine.
Chris was co-author of the best-selling book How To Win Friends And Influence Profits (Cyan 2008). He was a non-executive director of Age UK Enterprises, Arthritis Research UK and Kitcatt Nohr; and was a trained Business Coach (London School of Coaching), a member of the MRS and Fellow of the IPA.   
Chris is survived by his wife Jane and his four children.

Funeral details

Chris’s funeral will be held at 2pm on Friday 10th May at St. Peter’s Church Black Lion Lane, Chiswick, W6 9BE. There will be a private committal at Mortlake Crematorium which the family will attend after the service.

After the church service everyone is invited to Linden House, (also known as the Corinthian Sailing Club) Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9TA where we can raise a glass of Chablis – or something similar – in Chris’s honour.

Jane has asked people not to send flowers, but donations may be made to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research where a fund has been set up in Chris’s name.

Last updated 03/05/2013

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