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Julie Levin Joins Publicis N.A. as CMO

3204b6cPublicis North America announced the addition of Julie Levin as chief marketing officer, succeeding Chris Shumaker, who left last year to become North American chief marketing officer at FCB. She will begin the position on September 8th.

Levin arrives from Richmond-based The Martin Agency, where last year she served as chief growth officer and helped win new business including Stoli vodka and Sparkle paper towels. Before The Martin Agency, Levin spent three years as head of business development and global business director at BBH New York. She was also a managing partner and director of business development at Mcgarrybowen, helping to land clients such as Kraft Foods, Pfizer and Verizon Wireless.

“She’s such a personality, so bright and driven with a lot of energy and has such a depth of experience with clients,” Publicis North America CEO Andrew Bruce told Adweek. “She won’t just bring in new clients in but will continue to work with them.”

BBH Promotes Neil Munn to Global CEO

2fda519BBH promoted Neil Munn from global chief operating officer to global chief executive officer, replacing Gwyn Jones, who leaves to pursue a career outside of advertising.

Munn has served as global chief operating officer since 2012 and arrived at BBH in 2006, as CEO of ZAG Brand Ventures. Before that, Munn served as global marketing director for Lynx/Axe and category director, beverages Europe for Unilever.

“Neil is perfect casting for what is now needed from the group CEO,” said Simon Sherwood, BBH’s group chairman. “He has proper marketing and comms pedigree, is highly commercial with a deep understanding of client organisations and brands, and has a truly global perspective.”

Jones first became group chief executive officer in 2012, after Publicis Groupe took control of the agency, and his departure coincides with the conclusion of the earn-out period for management. Campaign Live reports that founders Sir John Hegarty and Sir Nigel Bogle “will continue to work at the agency for the foreseeable future, albeit in a reduced capacity.”

MRY Confirms Tech Layoffs

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Today MRY confirmed a series of tips we’ve received regarding layoffs that primarily affected its tech department last week.

In what looks like a strategic shift, the agency let several members of that team go. Tips consistently tell us that six developers are no longer employed at MRY as of last Thursday.

Here’s the official statement from CMO David Berkowitz:

“We unfortunately did have to part ways with a few of our colleagues earlier this month as part of normal reshaping based on industry demand. MRY continues to grow, though, and we have 15 open positions right now across a number of departments.”

None of the positions listed at that link concern developers, suggesting that this news marks a move away from web programming for MRY.

No staffers outside the tech department were affected.

(For context, MRY completed its merger with LBi in February 2013 and earned an inside-the-office profile from Digiday in June of that year.)

Made Movement Signs CP+B’s Kate Higgins As Partner

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Three CP+B executives made news in March 2012 when they split from the agency to start their own shop, Made Movement.

Today we learned that another longtime Crispin exec has become Made’s newest partner.

Kate Higgins, who most recently served as VP/Account Director at CP+B leading the Hotels.com account (she previously ran Old Navy and the GAP), officially joins Made Movement today as partner/Chief Client Officer.

During her six-plus years with CP+B, she worked with additional Made partners Graham Furlong (CSO) and Scott Prindle (CDO) on Windows and other accounts.

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Former Leo Burnett L.A. Leader Lands at Omelet

Shannon MCToday boutique Los Angeles creative shop Omelet announced the signing of Shannon McGlothin — a longtime creative who has spent time at several prominent agencies — as its group creative director.

We last posted on McGlothin nearly a year ago when he parted ways with Leo Burnett, which hired him in 2012 to run a new L.A. hub created, MAL-style, to cater solely to the Samsung business (he also served on Burnett’s worldwide creative board before going freelance).

Over the past decade, McGlothin played visible roles at several major agencies, spending 2004-2010 with W+K before moving to ACD/GCD roles at CP+B and Deutsch L.A., respectively.

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Jason Lucas Joins Publicis Seattle as EVP/ECD

Jason PublicisPublicis Seattle announced the appointment of Jason Lucas to the EVP/ECD position, effective immediately.

Lucas will specifically handle creative on the T-Mobile account as the client attempts to further distance itself from Sprint and AT&T.

The release tells us that Lucas’s hiring marks a new stage in the agency’s development as it aims to take on “a variety of new clients.”

The incoming ECD, who has already relocated to Seattle, brings an extensive agency history to the West Coast: he most recently served as CD at VML/Y&R for approximately 18 months after leaving BBDO New York, and his client work at the former shop included Valvoline and Campbell’s V8.

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CCO Calle Sjoenell Leaving Ogilvy New York

CalleSjoenellFB_400x400This morning we can confirm that Chief Creative Officer Calle Sjoenell will soon leave Ogilvy New York to return to his native Sweden.

Sjoenell spent five years at BBH, reaching the deputy CCO level before joining Ogilvy in 2012. During his more than two years at Ogilvy New York, he helped produce work for clients ranging from Caterpillar, Norelco, Phillips and Fanta to, most recently, Coca-Cola and Depend.

His brother Pelle also currently serves as ECD at BBH LA.

While the internal Ogilvy memo doesn’t give us much in the way of details, the Swedish magazine Resume reports that Sjoenell will soon be “home after eight years in the United States” and that he has accepted the role of Creative Director at Lowe Brindfors. He will replace Rickard Villard, who left the agency in May.

The internal memo from Global CCO Steve Simpson below.

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Grey Appoints New CCO for Its Healthcare Group

Ben-IngersollArnold isn’t the only New York agency looking to further establish itself in the healthcare space by expanding its creative team.

This week brings news of Ben Ingersoll‘s appointment to the chief creative officer/managing partner position at ghg, or Grey Healthcare Group. Ingersoll joins Chief Engagement Officer Erin Burne (who Grey swiped from Burson-Marsteller in 2010) and Brand Strategy Director John Dietz in running the shop, effective immediately.

Ingersoll has extensive experience in the healthcare field. Before joining ghg, he spent more than a decade in creative roles at Cline Davis & Mann New York managing “several global healthcare brands across multiple therapeutic areas.”

The incoming CCO will oversee all operations for ghg’s stateside creative team while also collaborating with teams in London and Sydney in order to “unify ghg’s creative point of view.

KBS Names Two New CCOs

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Today KBS appointed creative vets Jonathan Mackler and Dan Kelleher to share CCO duties.

The announcement marks the latest development in a larger staffing shift in which president/CCO Ed Brojerdi assumes the CEO role and his soon-to-be-former partner Izzy Debellis leaves KBS for an unspecified creative position.

Kelleher most recently held the ECD title at Grey New York, and his name appears on this week’s Manning Brothers DirecTV spotIn Mackler’s case, the announcement comes almost exactly a year after he officially parted ways with TBWA\Chiat\Day, where he served as CD for nearly five years; he worked with Figliulo and Partners in the interim.

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Arnold Names Two New Executives to Run Health and Wellness Practice

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Today Arnold Worldwide appointed two executives to manage the recent expansion of its health and wellness service offering.

Christine Beeby and Gary Scheiner both have extensive agency backgrounds; Scheiner landed at Arnold earlier this year in the EVP/GCD role after leaving Rosetta, where he served as CCO. He also spent time as ECD at TBWA\Chiat\Day.

Beeby is a more recent addition to the Arnold roster, joining the agency in July after spending more than a decade at Ogilvy as EVP and senior partner specializing in healthcare and seven years as SVP/account director at Lowe New York.

While both have particularly relevant experience with healthcare and pharmaceuticals (Scheiner currently leads the accounts for “Sanofi’s diabetes and cholesterol franchises”), they’ve also both worked with a wide variety of clients in automotive, tech, consumer goods and other categories.

In the release, Beeby reveals a bit more behind the strategy, writing:

“We envision creating a new model for the healthcare arena. We’ll pitch not only traditional pharmaceutical products, but will also target foods, hospitals, technology companies, doctor networks and similar products and services that require brand building and need to engage with consumers.”

The expansion may also explain July’s hiring of President Peter Grossman; he will lead the expanded practice in Arnold’s New York office.

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