Two weeks after reporting that Ogilvy’s Adam Lau was leaving the agency, we’ve received confirmation that his next destination is The Barbarian Group. Lau officially joins the digital shop’s New York hub tomorrow and will serve as a creative director.
As previously mentioned, Lau spent five years at Ogilvy NY before joining up with TBG, serving on the former’s IBM account as group creative director/copywriter. Prior to O&M, Lau held senior creative jobs at the likes of AKQA and McCann Erickson. Regarding his agency’s latest hire, Barbarian ECD Jay Zasa says, “Adam is one of the best creative leaders in the business, with a long record of success stretching back to digital’s earliest days. We’re psyched he’s bringing his considerable talents and experience to TBG.”
Update: While Lau joins up with TBG, we’ve received word that senior art director Ryan McManus is leaving the digital agency after nearly six years of service. The Barbarian camp says, “Ryan is a super-talented guy and we look forward to seeing what he makes next!” From what spies tell us, McManus is staying local in NYC and heading to a design/strategy shop called Hard Candy Shell. Still waiting for confirmation on that.