LONDON — Unity's Nik Govier has quit the iconic consumer PR agency she co-founded with Gerry Hopkinson 12 years ago.

Govier, who owned 50% of the firm, told the Holmes Report that she had "achieved everything I set out to do." She will retain her stake in the agency "for now", leaving Hopkinson in sole charge.

"Gerry and I have very different ambitions for the business so I have decided that it's time for me to go," said Govier. "I walk away leaving Unity on a very firm footing and I wish Gerry and the brilliant team every success in the future."

In a separate statement, Hopkinson said: "The agency is in a great position and we have in place an exceptional team who is committed to the next phase of our journey."

Unity's success was underpinned by numerous award-winning campaigns, helping it top the Holmes Report's Global Creative Index for the past five years. All told, the agency won 117 SABRE Awards over the pas decade, including Best Consumer PR Agency in the World and Best in Show at the Global SABRE Awards.

Govier holds personal stakes in a number of business, including sister firm Tin Man. "I am really excited about this next phase of my career, and I want to put all my efforts into that."

Last week, it emerged that Unity MD Davnet Doran had also left the agency, to become MD of M&C Saatchi UK. Doran has been replaced by Kathryn Pringle, most recently head of consumer lifestyle PR at Sainsbury's after a six-year stint with Splendid.