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USPS to Part Ways with Campbell-Ewald (Updated)

It looks like a 10-year partnership will soon be coming to an end as we’ve received confirmation that the U.S. Postal Service will not be renewing its contract with Campbell-Ewald once it expires at the end of this month. In 2002, the USPS tapped C-E to handle creative (the agency eventually took over media responsibilities from Initiative) along with Draftfcb Chicago, which most recently handled promotion and retail (DFCB is still in the mix, though).

As for the Postal Service’s $100 million agency review that was launched over a year ago, a spokesperson tells us, “We are still in the process of reviewing new agencies but that specific RFP, for an agency of record, that was launched last year is no longer being pursued.  Going forward, we have a new advertising direction and will be releasing a new series of RFPs. The first will be for media buying and will be issued by the end of the month.”

Update: So, all is not lost for Campbell Ewald and USPS as the spokesperson for the latter clarifies that C-E has been invited to participate in the upcoming RFP.

Campbell-Ewald Did Indeed Hire a New ECD in LA

Jeez louise, it took long enough. After literally hearing nothing from the Campbell-Ewald camp for nearly two weeks of inquiries, we’ve finally received official world that the Michigan-based agency had indeed appointed a new executive creative director for its West Hollywood office. Who, you may ask? Well, none other than Jim DiPiazza, who if you recall vacated his ECD post at San Francisco shop Swirl a few months ago after almost a year of service. Well, DiPiazza’s Cali agency tour continues as he’s signed on with C-E to, what tipsters say, “invigorate that office.”

Prior to his brief stint at Swirl, DiPiazza spent 18 months at Deutsch LA, where he served as a creative lead on Volkswagen and penned the “Black Beetle” campaign for the automaker. In addition to DiPiazza’s hiring, Campbell-Ewald has also welcomed former Siltanen & Partners CMO/Chiat LA alum Ruth Amir as director, solutions planning. The agency’s West Hollywood branch currently counts clients including Kaiser Permanente, Chicken of the Sea, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Ghirardelli and McKesson.

Hopp to Be Inducted into AdCraft Club of Detroit’s HOF

Guess retirement’s working wonders for Tony Hopp. Eighteen months after stepping down as top dog at Campbell-Ewald, the 40+ year agency vet is getting inducted into the Adcraft Club of Detroit’s Hall of Fame. His successor, Bill Ludwig, sings his praises in a statement, saying, “As chairman, Tony had the vision to diversify the Agency’s business by leveraging the capabilities CE had developed over the years. He built an inspired culture on one philosophy: focus on the quality of the work, and the rewards would follow.”

Hopp started at C-E as an assistant account exec in 1968 and eventually worked his way up to president in 1993. Soon after, in 1996, he was named CEO of the Detroit agency and its chairman a year later. Some folks, though, are cynical about Hopp’s induction, citing that since right after his departure, Hopp’s former agency lost Chevy after 90 years and several notable staffers subsequently left over the course of 2010/2011. One seemingly irked tipster even asks, “Wonder how much he bequeathed to the Adcraft’s scholarship fund in order to ‘be honored with’ this designation?” Ouch, we won’t even touch that one, but in case you were wondering, Hopp will officially be inducted at Adcraft Club’s “Mad Men & Women of Detroit” event tomorrow.

We Hear: Who’s Left C-E Lately?

Despite launching a new website and proclaiming it’s filled with “hundreds of diverse minds rattling,” Campbell is still bleeding staff from what we hear. Multiple sources are now telling us that Michael McCallum (pictured), an interactive CD who’s worked on U.S. Navy and other accounts, has resigned and is headed for fellow Detroit shop Doner. Why are we getting this sense of deja vu? McCallum, who’s spent the last three years at C-E isn’t the only apparently leaving, though, from what spies are saying. We’re checking in on these others as well as with Doner to find out McCallum’s status.

C-E Refreshes Website

Despite some staffing issues and major account losses as of late, Detroit stalwart Campbell Ewald is remaining optimistic, at least according to its new website. The tagline reads, “We’re not just an agency. We’re hundreds of diverse minds rattling as one.”

We’re sure some folks might differ with the boast, but nonetheless, the new C-E site features the usual tidbits such as work, background and events listings as well as a tie-in with AdAge. Hey, at least it’s an improvement over its archaic design that lingered for years. What do you think? Good, bad, useless?

Reihm Joins Logar Brody Out the Door at C-E

Last we heard from Campbell Ewald, which was not that long ago, we were faced with stark allegations that the Detroit stalwart was back to the size it was during the late 90′s. Since that time, we’ve come to learn that two more higher-ups have parted ways with C-E, namely Susan Logar Brody and Tracie Reihm. Logar Brody (pictured) was a 20-year Campbell Ewald vet, moving from direct response writer all the way up to EVP/ECD several years ago. The exec has now revived her own social CRM-driven operation called Susan Logar Ltd., which she initially launched in the late 80′s and ran for five years before joining C-E.

As for Reihm, who was EVP/managing director at Campbell Ewald, we’ve been told by tipsters that she “retired.” Reihm had been with Ewald for well over 25 years. When we called C-E, we were told there was no listing for Reihm in the agency  directory.

Stark, Alleged Stat of the Day: Campbell-Ewald Edition

When there’s no time to do the math, let the tiperazzi do it for you. Here’s the latest scoop coming from the Campbell-Ewald pipeline: “CE has now broomed or ‘retired’ most of its lead direct marketing/CRM staff.  In addition, latest estimates place the total number of 2-year layoffs and terminations at more than 600.  The shop is now the size it was in 1997.” Tis was the year that Tony Hopp took over as chairman of the Warren, MI-based agency and ushered in 10 initiatives for C-E. Of course, the Chevy loss last year took its toll and following Hopp’s departure in 2009, things have never been quite the same.

Here’s a quick stroll down memory lane: “We Hear: Layoffs at Campbell-Ewald,” “We Hear: Layoffs Have Begun at Campbell-Ewald,” “Campbell-Ewald’s Latest Mandate to Laid-Off Employees,” “We Hear: Steven Pitsillos, Others Out at C-E.”

We Hear: GM Shifts Chevy Dealer Biz from Velocity

No rest for the wicked during “Snowpocalypse 2010″ as a few different sources have let us know over the last several days that Campbell-Ewald unit Velocity will lose the Chevy tier two dealer business by April 1, 2011. We’re being told that the business is shifting from the IPG shop over to an Omnicom agency, perhaps Retail 3, which the latter holding launched in March of this year.

We hear C-E CEO Bill Ludwig has announced the news to the Velocity staff and GM informed the dealers. According to Adweek, Velocity handles Chevy dealer business (worth $200m according to spies) spanning 3,000 dealers in 105 markets. We’re checking with Velocity on this, but suffice to say, it’s been somewhat of a rough patch heading into the holidays for the C-E camp, having endured major layoffs earlier this month already.

Update: Well, in an interesting turn of events, we received this statement and we’re checking with Velocity on the validity of it:

“Effective April 1, 2011, Velocity Marketing will become Agency 720 and operate under the Omnicom organization. U.S. International Media will support Agency 720 for Chevy LMA media buying responsibilities. Dan Fletcher is the Chief Executive Officer of Agency 720, and many of the Velocity employees you work with today will transition to Agency 720.

Chevrolet made the announcement this morning to all of the LMA presidents. So, it’s business as usual, and we will continue to support the Chevy LMAs and Velocity Marketing through March 31, then Agency 720 beginning April 1 with the same intensity and passion as we have for the past two years.”

We Hear: Layoffs at Campbell-Ewald

We’ve been told by various spies that there will be cuts made at Campbell-Ewald today, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since two months ago, we received tips such as this: “CE Lay-off notice’s sent – December 15th –  Severance package – 2 months pay – regardless of years of service.” We’ve been told it’s a “bloodbath” and while this term has been used rather loosely by our sources in the past, it could apply to this agency, which of course has continued to feel the ripple effects of losing Chevy.

In October, C-E (which did at least nab the Chicken of the Sea account last week) let go of several staffers including EVP Steve Pitsillos. No numbers have been revealed as of yet, but we’re checking with the agency directly, but if you have more details, send over to agencyspy[at]gmail.com.

We Hear: Steven Pitsillos, Others Out at C-E

It appears that Campbell-Ewald’s Chevy loss to Publicis (which held it rather briefly) earlier this year is catching up with the Detroit shop as numerous sources are telling us that they’ve let go of several staffers, among them, EVP, director of integrated content development Steven Pitsillos (pictured). According to one source, “The Divisional Chevy Team appears to have kept only 2 teams. CRM and digital kept some too. But it was a bloodbath. Account was also notified.”

Pitsillos has been with C-E since 2005, starting as an ECD on the Chevy business and moving up the ranks over the years. When we called the Detroit office, we were told there was “no listing” for him in the agency’s directory. We’ve emailed folks at Campbell-Ewald directly to find out more about this. Stay tuned..

More: “Campbell Ewald’s Still Got It, Convinces Part of Chevy to Stay

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