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EP Travis Quinn Out at BBH New York

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Some news out of BBH today on the production side: we hear that Travis Quinn, Executive Art Producer and longtime staffer, is leaving the agency.

Quinn has run art production at the agency for several years, managing shoots for clients like Playstation, Axe, and Cole Haan.  His departure follows the arrival of Carey Head, who was hired away from Barton F. Graf  9000 to oversee production in May. BBH also recently made more changes to its production department by promoting Executive Producer Kate Morrison to Head of Content Production. It seems the agency is following the lead of departments across the globe by ramping up its integrated offerings on the production front.

No official word on where he or his colorful pants are  headed or whether BBH’s New York office has plans to replace him. Quinn finishes his tour of duty at the end of this month.

Updates as we receive them.

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ECD Toombs Out at Anomaly

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Is there a creative shakeup going on at Anomaly NY?

Today we can confirm that ECD Ian Toombs, a longtime staffer who played a lead role on accounts like Converse (relevant spots here), is no longer with the agency.

Toombs worked at the MDC-owned shop (which boasts clients like Budweiser, American Express, Converse, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Google, among others) for several years, moving from art director to CD and then ECD; The New York Times reported on his promotion just over a year ago.

His departure follows the arrival of ECD Eric Segal, who Anomaly hired away from Grey in May; plans at the time held that Segal would partner with Toombs starting this month. Today, Toombs’ name no longer appears on the agency’s website, and his LinkedIn profile is a bit of a blank slate.

No official word on where he’s headed or whether Anomaly’s New York office has plans to replace him.

Updates as we receive them.

Stefan Sagmeister to Creatives: ‘No F*ckhead, You Are Not a Storyteller’

We knew that someone would eventually call the idea of advertisers as “storytellers” bullsh*t…and that someone was Stefan Sagmeister of design firm Sagmeister & Walsh. He made his comments at the recent CAMP Festival in Calgary, where the theme this year was–you guessed it–storytelling.

In an uncharacteristically irascible interview for FITC, the organisers of the Camp festival in Calgary, Sagmeister attacks the urge for those in the communications industry to rush to re-assign themselves as storytellers, the theme of the conference. “Now everybody’s a storyteller,” he says, before dismissing the trend as “bullshit”. [Source]

Some key quotes after the jump… Read more

CP+B Names New VP/Director of Invention

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Today CP+B named longtime staffer David Corns to the newly created role of VP/director product & brand invention.

Corns, who spent eight years in account management roles at the agency, will work under Neil Riddell, EVP/executive director, product innovation as part of the larger Product Innovation group.

The release tells us that CP+B has been “innovating products and creating new brands in-house for a number of years” in addition to its more traditional ad agency services. Some more details:

“The department collaborates with venture capitalists, operators and strategic partners to create products, brands and companies from scratch, bringing them to market with the agency owning a substantial share of the total business.”

Corns will help the group expand on those services by hiring industrial designers and other staff members and taking on new projects.

Two of the coincidentally alcoholic products Corn has worked on are Angel’s Envy bourbon and Papa’s Pilar rum. Another example of innovation in practice: Kraft Mac and Cheese for the grill.

Prior to joining CP+B, Corn held account management roles at Wieden+Kennedy and TBWA’s London offices as well as Carmichael Lynch.

President/CEO Out at Y&R Canada

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Today we confirmed that Chris Jordan, CEO of Y&R Canada, is no longer with the agency as of this week.

Here’s the official statement:

“We are thankful to Chris Jordan for his 12 years of leadership at Y&R Canada, and we wish him the very best moving forward.  As we continue to evolve as an agency, we are recognizing the immense value of the leadership of Israel Diaz, EVP, Chief Creative Officer; Carl McMurray, SVP, Chief Financial Officer; Susan Murray, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer; Kasi Bruno, VP, Strategy & Cultural Insights; and Gavin Bayley, SVP, Global Client Leader.  Effective immediately, this talented group comprises the senior leadership team of Y&R Canada, reporting into Y&R North America CEO Matt Anthony and Y&R North America COO Sean Howard.”

Jordan had served as CEO and president of Y&R’s Canadian operations since 2002; prior to joining the agency world, he was chief marketing and sales officer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Israel Diaz, who moved into the top creative post at Y&R Toronto back in 2011, will assume a more prominent role in Jordan’s absence.

Tipsters claim that the departure is directly related to the Ford account, for which WPP’s shops Y&R, Wunderman and Mindshare recently created the brand-new entity Blue Hive.

We have no specifics on that point or on Jordan’s future plans.

Pinterest Hires Unilever Marketer as Head of Brand

149dfb4Pinterest has hired David Rubin as the company’s new head of brand, Adweek reports. “He will lead Pinterest’s global brand marketing, helping define the company’s brand strategy, identify key audiences and manage its marketing initiatives,” the company said yesterday.

Rubin arrives at Pinterest from Unilever, where he has worked since 1999. He most recently served as vice president in charge of marketing hair care products and is most well-known for his work on Axe.

The move is just the latest from Pinterest as the company attempts grow its marketing business to compete with other social services like Twitter and Facebook. Pinterest recently added promoted pins, allowing brands a kind of DIY advertising platform through the social service. They’ve also beefed up their measurement tools and back in May hired Twitter veteran Lisa Manowitz as head of partnerships. The leap to effective marketing has proven a difficult one for social media sites, and Rubin will have his work cut out for him with competition from major players like Facebook and Twitter.

Matt Miller Joins BBDO SF as ECD

Matt MillerThis morning your tips proved true: former Leo Burnett Chicago VP/Creative Director Matt Miller will join BBDO San Francisco to help run the Wells Fargo account (which the agency won back in March).

Before accepting the BBDO offer, Miller spent more than five years at Leo Burnett’s Chicago office, rising from copywriter to VP on the strength of such work as the Allstate “Mayhem” campaign starring Dean Winters, aka Dennis “Beeper King” Duffy. He also worked on the Secret “Mean Stinks” campaign.

Miller’s previous ad roles include stints at Salt Lake City’s Rare Method and a year leading the Brigham Young University Ad Lab.

At BBDO’s SF office, Miller will team up with Steve Rutter to run Wells Fargo while Craig Magnan retains his creative leadership role. The release ties this move to the recent hiring of CD Kevin Thomson and others as evidence of a “resurgence” driven, in large part, by the Wells Fargo win.

Miller writes that he believes “banking is the next industry poised to do incredible work”, so we will be very interested to see what the shop produces for its newest big-name client.

Wunderman Taps NBA Marketing Exec Jamie Gallo

Jamie Gallo copyWunderman has announced the hiring of Jamie Gallo as president of its New York office, “responsible for delivering the full spectrum of Wunderman’s brand experience, customer engagement, data and analytics, and World Health offerings to clients and prospects.” He will report to Wunderman North america President Kass Sells.

Gallo arrives at Wunderman from the NBA, where he was executive vice president, global marketing. During his tenure he helped rebrand the WNBA, led social media initiative and increased online sales of tickets and branded merchandise. Prior to the NBA, Gallo was president of TBWA\Chiat\Day in New York, working with clients such as Nissan, Pepsi, Absolut, Accenture and GSK.

In his new position, Gallo will work with such high profile brands as Best Buy, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Land Rover, Marriott and United Airlines. He has identified finding additional talent to work alongside Wunderman global creative director Lincoln Bjorkman as a top priority. Read more

Kettle Hires New CD, Senior Producer

Kettle CDDigital agency Kettle, based in New York, has expanded its staff and its West Coast operations with “the first of a wave of new hires resulting from the agency’s growth.”

First, Amanda Hughes-Watkins (left) will be creative director at Kettle’s San Francisco office, effective immediately. Hughes-Watkins joins the agency from Digitas San Francisco, where she served as creative director and earned several industry awards for her work on the  eBay, Paypal and Kraft/Taco Bell Sauces accounts. Prior to her stint at Digitas, she worked on the Microsoft account for R\GA San Francisco.

She will report to Olivier Peyre, Kettle co-founder and creative director.

On the East Coast, Kettle hired Crystal Ginn as senior producer; she will direct campaigns for both established clients like American Express and more recent wins like Penguin.

Before joining the Kettle staff, Ginn served as director of production at Brooklyn’s Area 17, where she produced work for clients like Google Chrome, Billboard and SPIN. Her agency history also includes production roles at Razorfish, JWT, createthe group and Siegel+Gale.

The Barbarian Group Adds CFO, Head of Account Management

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Digital shop The Barbarian Group has announced the addition of Alex White as chief financial officer and Sherri Chambers as head of account management, Adweek reports. Both are new positions at the agency. White and Chambers report to CEO Sophie Kelly, who took over for co-founder Benjamin Palmer last October.

White joined July 1st, and is responsible for “financial and strategic planning, managing and negotiating client contracts and implementing a new financial infrastructure.” He was a consultant CFO at Loveurope before forming his own consultancy, Rawcliffe, last June. He has also served stints as CFO for Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R, Grey Global Group and McCann Erickson.

Chambers most recently served as a global business director at JWT New York, following a stint as group brand director at 72andSunny. She has also worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and Strawberryfrog. Chambers began her new role today and is responsible for overseeing the management of all accounts, with the stated goal of “expanding existing relationships.”

“The combination of Alex’s sharp financial acumen and Sherri’s proven track record in client relations will complement the agency’s executive team as we strengthen our focus on business development,” said Kelly, in a statement.

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