Drayton Bird is a direct marketing expert named by the Chartered Institute of Marketing as one of 50 living individuals who have shaped today's marketing. In 1977, with two partners, he set up Trenear-Harvey, Bird & Watson, which became the UK's largest DM agency, which he sold in 1984 to Ogilvy and Mather. As international Vice-Chairman and Creative Director, he helped O&M Direct become the world's largest direct marketing agency network, and was elected to the worldwide Ogilvy Group board.
Drayton Bird has worked with many of the world's leading brands, including American Express, British Airways, Microsoft, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Visa. He has also worked with major advertising agency groups, including Y&R, JWT, FCB and Leo Burnett. He now runs Drayton Bird Associates, who work with many firms on direct marketing and other marketing matters.