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Managing Director George Nguyen Heads to McKinney

George NguyenLast week we posted on the departure of now-former TBWA\Toronto managing director George Nguyen, and today we can confirm that he has landed the same position at McKinney in New York approximately one month after leaving his previous job.

Prior to the move, Nguyen spent more than six years within the TBWA network, rising to the position of country manager for the agency’s Vietnam operations before moving to Canada; his client list during that time included Visa, Asia Pacific Breweries, Johnny Walker, L’Oreal, Nivea, Nissan and Gatorade.

Before joining TBWA, Nguyen worked in various strategic planning/account positions at DDB Seattle, Arnold, Lowe and StrawberryFrog.

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Two TBWA Staffing Updates

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Today we learned more about the status of two now-former TBWA executives: TBWA\Chiat\Day ECD Patrick O’Neill has joined a startup and George Nguyen is no longer managing director or chief strategy officer at TBWA\Toronto.

The news about O’Neill, who left the agency back in January in a move that inspired quite a bit of speculation on this very blog, broke yesterday with the announcement that his new position would be CCO at Theranos, a consumer healthcare tech company based in Silicon Valley that focuses on offering testing services outside the lab at its many “testing centers” (some of which have recently appeared in Walgreens).

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McCann Worldgroup UK Appoints New CEO

LundMcCann Worldgroup announced the appointment of Mark Lund as CEO of McCann Worldgroup UK today. Lund will begin his role in October and will be responsible for “integrating McCann Worldgroup’s operations and more than 1,500 employees throughout the UK across Advertising, Relationship Management, Promotion/Event/Shopper Marketing, Design, Public Relations, Healthcare, and Digital Marketing.”

Lund was most recently a co-founder and managing partner of the London agency NOW for three years. Prior to co-founding NOW, Lund served a stint as CEO of the Central Office of Information (COI), the UK government’s marketing agency which also happens to be the country’s largest client. Before that he co-founded Delaney Lund Knox Warren (DLKW), which went on to become a top 10 agency in the UK. Read more

ECD Michael Canning Leaves Leo Burnett

Michael CanningThis morning we learned that EVP/ECD Michael Canning is no longer with Leo Burnett New York.

Canning spent four years at the agency’s Manhattan office after he and his creative partner Kieran Antill were recruited from its operations in their native Australia by global Chief Creative Officer Mark Tutssel in 2011. The two helped build Leo Burnett New York alongside Jay Benjamin (who recently moved to Saatchi & Saatchi and made news this week for shuffling the creative deck there).

Canning has more than a decade of agency experience under his belt, writing copy for Lowe Hunt and BMF before moving to Leo Burnett Sydney. He has also been a keynote speaker/judge at several festivals in addition to taking home 39 Cannes Lions to date.

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Bruce Dunlop Has a Few Choice Words Following BDA’s Closure

357e718BDA Creative’s original founder Bruce Dunlop issued a statement following the agency’s closure, citing “disagreements with the board regarding the future direction of the company” and “changes planned by the new management team” for his departure in April 2012. Dunlop went on to form a new agency, Dunlop Goodrich, with partner Daryl Goodrich following his departure.

In the statement, Dunlop largely blamed the new management team for the agency’s failure, stating “The company was run down by people who didn’t understand for one minute how we had got to where we were, and what potential was left in a big forward thinking creative company. We had done all the legwork, and just had to continue to produce good work, which was always our ambition above everything.” He speculated that “If the energy that went into destroying the company had been focused on making it better, the story would have been very different today.” Dunlop also thanked “all those who made BDA a great company” for their contributions. You can read the full statement, courtesy of The Drum, after the jump. Read more

GS&P Hires Two New Creative Directors

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In a somewhat unprecedented move, GS&P turned the hiring of its two newest creative directors into…a customized beer cozy giveaway.

It’s symbolic, see: Danny Gonzalez and David Suarez, or “the guys who did all the Ragu and Little Caesar’s stuff at BFG”, will work on the Corona Light and Modelo accounts, hence the brew theme.

The duo most recently made news in 2012 when they jumped the Chiat ship to join BFG9000. Gonzales previously wrote copy for JWT while Suarez served as art director.

This move serves as a reunion of sorts as it once again unites Gonzales and Suarez with Eric Kallman, the copywriter behind “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” who Graf hired from W+K in 2011. Kallman, who has been CD at GS&P since February, writes:

“Working with them again will be like putting on a really comfortable pair of jeans, but jeans that also surprise you, impress you and make you laugh. So, basically, way better than jeans.”

We would tell you to email dannyanddavidarecoming@gspsf.com for your free cozy, but those things are hotter than the weather in Manhattan this week.

New President at Arnold New York

Peter GrossmanThis morning brings news that Peter Grossman will be the new president of Arnold New York effective next week. He replaces Corey Mitchell, who left in May.

A bit on Grossman’s agency background: after handling AT&T and Nabisco for FCB, he spent more than a decade at JWT, eventually serving as EVP/director of client services before leaving to lead startup QWiPS, or “a global platform that enables the integration of real voice into digital communication platforms”. His most recent position was managing director at digital strategy consultancy Takeout.

In the new role, he will also focus on client leadership and new business development while managing the agency’s 100-plus New York operation.

Grossman will report to Arnold Global president Pam Hamlin, who cites his experience “leading global brands and helping Fortune 500 companies evolve their business model for the digital economy” in the press release; he will also sit on Arnold Worldwide’s Global Executive Committee.

In the release, he writes, “The agency has one of the best client rosters in the industry and a philosophy and culture built on creativity.”

Changes in Creative at Saatchi & Saatchi New York

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Today we learned that some staffing changes have indeed occurred at Saatchi & Saatchi New York this week.

To continue in the passive voice: it is true that a small number of employees, most of whom worked in the creative department, are no longer with the agency as of yesterday. Today a tipster tells us that the number was 14-16 and that more departments may be affected as well.

We do suspect that this shuffling of the desks may have something to do with the recent appointment of Jay Benjamin, who left his position as CCO at Leo Burnett New York to join the Publicis sister agency in May. That move came less than a year after Brent Smart took the reins as CEO in November 2013.

The new team’s ultimate strategy remains unclear, but it will almost certainly not involve more cats, be they grumpy or not.

Erwin Penland Adds Pair of Creatives

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Full-service marketing communications agency Erwin Penland has announced the addition of two new creatives. Craig Melchiano arrives in the role of executive vice president/executive creative director and Bee Reynolds will take on the role of associate creative director. Both are newly-created positions at the agency. Melchiano and Reynolds, who happen to be married, both arrive at Erwin Penland from Goodby Silverstein & Partners and will relocate to the agency’s Greenville, South Carolina headquarters, reporting to Chief Creative Officer Con Williamson in New York.

As executive vice president/executive creative director, Melchiano will oversee the Greenville creative team on all accounts, including Denny’s, Microsoft and Verizon. He arrives at the agency with a 15-year advertising background at agencies including Wieden+Kennedy, and TBWA Chiat Day prior to his stint at Goodby Silverstein & Partners.

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Mike Rigby Joins R/GA NY as ECD

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R/GA New York has announced the arrival of Mike Rigby as executive creative director, brand. In the role, Rigby will “lead innovative and commercially relevant brand thinking and design across R/GA offices and capabilities in addition to advising clients on how they can effectively express, manage and grow their brands” while partnering with the R/GA business transformation team. He will report to  Global Chief Creative Officer Nick Law.

Rigby arrives at R/GA from Interbrand Australia, where his most recent position was executive creative director. Since arriving at the company in 2010, Rigby helped grow the office from ten to over seventy employees. Since his arrival, Interbrand Australia has taken home awards such as the Campaign Asia-Pacific Specialist Agency of the Year Award and a Cannes Design Lion. Rigby began his career at UK design consultancy The Chase, and has also worked at top British design agencies Pentagram London and True North. In 2012, he was elected as the president of The Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) New South Wales and transformed the organization, “helping to usher in a complete organizational restructuring, rebranding and repositioning program that has attracted a younger member base.” Read more

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