Unfortunately, we were at the airport yesterday morning awaiting the flight back home (sans laptop, still trying to stay off grid) when multiple tips poured in about Pete Favat leaving Arnold. Where to, we didn’t know at the time, but alas, the news broke as we were somewhere above the Midwest that the 14-year Arnold vet did indeed leave the Havas-owned agency to assume the CCO post at Deutsch L.A. Wading through the Favat-related tips this morning, we came across one which is basically Arnold global CEO Robert LePlae‘s memo to staff regarding the move and the appointment of Wade Devers and Pete Johnson as lead creative partners of Boston ops. It’s nothing shocking or anything you haven’t really read in the other trades, but if you want something verbatim from the inside, read on after the jump.
I am reaching out to let you know that after many years with Arnold, Pete Favat will be leaving the agency.
With a long held ambition to live on the west coast and new opportunities for his family, Pete has accepted a position in Los Angeles. This is a desire that Pete has harbored for many years, and one he now has an opportunity to fulfill.
There is a plan prepared plan for this evolution. Earlier this year we elevated Wade Devers to Executive Creative Director in Boston. Wade is a brilliant craftsman, long-time leader at Arnold, and responsible for much of the best work that comes out of the agency.
Pete Johnson will partner with Wade as Executive Creative Directors. He joined Arnold last year as one of the leading digital creative and content talents in the country. It was a coupe for Arnold to get him, he’s delivered on all of our expectations, and we have a high degree of confidence in his talent, and ability to lead.
Wade and Pete Johnson bring a rich combination of conceptual ability, digital creative expertise, craftsmanship and design to the roles. The increasing demands of creative leaders in recent years require this broad collective skill set, and we’re fortunate to have it readily in place.
I share this news with mixed emotions because of our genuine fondness for Pete Favat, and the many contributions he’s made. At the same time, there’s a talent evolution going on in our business, and we’re feeling quite good about the ability of our creative choices to drive this new direction for Arnold Boston.
Please join me in wishing Pete Favat the best in his new life, congratulating Wade and Pete Johnson in their new roles, and the great energy and success that can come with new leadership.