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Posts Tagged ‘Al Gore’

Thursday Odds and Ends

-Project: Worldwide experiential agency George P. Johnson has appointed Chris Meyer as CEO and promoted Denise Wong, currently EVP/growth and business development, to president. Both are expected to assume their posts on Monday, Oct. 21.

-The One Club’s One Screen Short Film Festival has extended its deadline to November 18th. link

-AKQA has promoted Sam Kelly, who’s been with the WPP-owned agency since 2008, to head of business development and marketing. link

-Speaking of AKQA, agency founder/CEO Ajaz Ahmed penned a piece for The Guardian on brand and artist collaboration. link

-Al Gore, internet inventor (not), once tried to buy Twitter. link

-San Francisco-based agency Swirl and eBay Motors have teamed up to give veterans the customized car of their dreams (above). link

-Dentsu-owned Carat Global has hired former BBC global director of marketing Sanjay Nazerali as chief strategy officer. link

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Huge Analytics Director Calls it Quits, Citing ‘Moral Objections’

Well, this is one of the more interesting items to start of the work week. Over the weekend, we received a letter that Huge analytics director Yosaif Cohain sent to his colleagues at the agency in which he announced his resignation. Why, well, read on verbatim and we’ll continue after.

“Friends –

Because of moral objections that I have with Huge working with Al Jazeera, I have resigned from my position at Huge, effective immediately. I simply cannot work for a company that works with them. Today is my last day.

I know some might think my decision is rash or extreme. You should know that I have thought about this at length for the past two weeks and am very confident in my decision. I won’t attempt to convince anyone about my opinions or beliefs – I will just hope that even if you disagree with them, you can respect my decision and my need to stay true to who I am and what I believe in. I’m leaving with a lot of sadness and disappointment in Huge, but also with my head held high.

I’m not sure what my next steps will be – I’m going to take a step back to evaluate a few things and will be updating my resume. If you have leads for me, I’d appreciate them.

Thank you all for your ongoing friendship and support – I will miss you guys. To those of you that have offered words of support and encouragement about my decision, I thank you in particular – this has not been easy for me.

All my best –

Yosaif”

Yes, Cohain has indeed resigned, but interestingly enough, sources tell us that at the time he quit, Huge was not actually working with the aforementioned broadcaster. We’re hearing that the agency’s D.C. office specifically was just one of  several digital shops that Al Jazeera has recently been talking to as it transitions following its acquisition of Al Gore‘s Current TV, which perhaps was divisive enough to begin with. So, maybe there were other reasons at play for Cohain’s departure from Huge NY, who knows, but we’re staying neutral on his decision.

When pressed, Huge had “no comment” on the matter.

Barbarian Group Amplifies Web Presence for C40 Cities Network

Channeling their inner Al Gore we suppose, the folks at The Barbarian Group have unveiled a complete online redesign for C40 Cities, which is a network of the world’s “megacities” (including New York, London, Mumbai, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam) that is taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Not only did the Barbarians overhaul the C40 website itself, which includes some nice data visualization on the landing page, but the digital shop offers a nifty, animated infographic which lets you scroll down and get a nice visual sense of how big cities and climate change affect each other. You can get an idea of what the infographic looks like below and get some more background from TBG’s blog here.

 

Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Alex Bogusky gets back to his ad roots with a new effort for Al Gore‘s Climate Reality Project. link

-Speaking of Bogusky, his former agency CP+B continues its Kraft Mac and Cheese marketing onslaught with a new Facebook app called Smile Tagging. link

-Bacardi Limited named Robert Furniss-Roe as its new North American president.

-Big Spaceship was named AOR for Greek yogurt brand Chobani’s Champions line. link

-The Art Directors Club and expo/conference demxco have launched a new digital creativity event called Ubercloud, which will take place in Cologne, Germany on Sept. 20. link

-Minnesota is no longer friends with MillerCoors. link

-Tipsters want to know if one single woman worked on this new “Got Milk?” effort from Goodby. link

-Netflix’s cost hike is getting some backlash. Duh. link

-How is Google+ built? The project’s tech lead has some answers. link