We were deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of our former colleague and friend, Mark Hanson, yesterday.
Mark was instrumental in bringing new thinking to our business and helping us along the path to embracing social media – something that he cared passionately about. In many ways this blog stands as a tribute to Mark’s foresight. He campaigned for its creation, commissioned the site build and wrote the inaugural post in March 2008. Many of the posts that he wrote – particularly those that married his passions for politics and PR – generated thousands of views and remain amongst the most read.
He was an exceptionally talented communicator with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the media and was abundantly generous in sharing his expertise and experience with others.
Beyond the professional dimension, Mark had a remarkable wit and innate ability to entertain his friends and colleagues. He remained in contact with many of us at the agency both through social media and in real life.
We never felt that we were competitors. He embraced the spirit of collaboration that social media has brought to the communications industry without getting too carried away with the “hippy shit”, as he occasionally referred to it. It would be easy to remember Mark as a serious person, not least because of the illness that we have now discovered that he battled with. In fact Mark had a great sense of humour and a very infectious laugh. He was, without exaggeration, a one-off and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
Our thoughts are with Clare, his friends and colleagues at Wolfstar.