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CP+B Makes Some Management Moves

steveerich1Crispin Porter + Bogusky is making some management shifts at the dawn of 2014. Among the moves the Boulder-based, MDC-owned agency is the promotion of 10-year vet Steve Erich to president. In addition to Erich (pictured), who most recently served as partner/managing director at CP+B, the agency has also appointed Mike Saunter, a Warner Music/EMI alum, to chief operating officer while also moving one of its four original partners, Jeff Steinhour,  to the role of vice-chairman.

As for new prez Erich, after joining CP+B in 2004 to help relaunch the Burger King biz, the exec moved up the ladder to partner in 2008 and subsequently was appointed managing director two years ago. CP+B CEO Andrew Keller says in a statement, “Steve is a rare combination of incredible intelligence, reliability and great market knowledge with a proven ability to lead, unify and inspire both his team and our clients. Mike’s financial expertise and his experience in the music industry, a creative industry that is overflowing with opportunities yet in the midst of profound changes – as is our industry, will be invaluable to us. And Jeff is a key to continuing our culture, what makes us great and what continues to be the heartbeat of CP+B.”

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Reilly Out at CP+B

robreilly1Wow, figured the encroaching holidays would be a slow time but just got official word that Rob Reilly, 10-year vet and partner/worldwide chief creative officer at Crispin Porter + Bogusky is leaving the agency to “pursue new ventures.” According to the Crispin camp, which also lost UX lead Matt Walsh recently, the creative department has been restructured as a result of Reilly’s departure, which will now all allow all of its camps including Boulder, L.A. Miami, London and Gothenburg to have “increased autonomy.”  The “restructuring,” which follows Reilly leaving along with his wife, 16-year CP+B vet and managing director/partner Laura Bowles, was concocted by Reilly, CEO Andrew Keller and CP+B chairman, Chuck Porter. From the announce,  executive director of creative development Evan Fry  (who rejoined CP+B over a year ago) and director of art & design Dave Swartz (the CD who we most recently noted in this Roman Coppola-directed Microsoft effort) will help guide the new creative structure while still reporting to Keller.

So, what does CP+B CEO Andrew Keller have to add? Well, in a statement, he says, “I am extraordinarily lucky to have Rob and Laura as friends and to have worked with them as partners through some of the most exciting and courageous times at CP+B. This structure really speaks to the immediate needs of our clients and our vision for meeting those needs. This is an incredibly exciting step in delivering outstanding creative work to our clients.”

During their career, both Reilly and Bowles led CP+B accounts including Domino’s, Burger King and more. As for Bowles, the MD moved up the charts during her career at CP+B from content supervisor to VP/account director to her most recent role as partner/managing director, working with other clients including Hotels.com and on new biz efforts. Sources say the parting was on good terms but we no word as to what Reilly and Bowles are up to next.

Thursday Odds and Ends

 

-2014 International ANDY Awards chairman David Droga has picked his jury for next year’s event, which takes place Feb. 18-24 in Shanghai. Among those creatives making the list, which spans the globe, are CP+B CEO Andrew Keller, DDB Worldwide CCO Amir Kassaei and W+K ECD, Susan Hoffman. See the full list after the jump.

-Havas Worldwide London has welcomed 11-year AMV BBDO vet Mark Fairbanks as its new ECD. Fairbanks replaces Mick Mahoney, who left in May to become ECD at RKCR/Y&R.

-According to Business Insider, these are “The 50 Sexiest Advertising Executives Alive.” link

-New York-based creative agency Cornerstone, which works with brands like Converse and Diageo, is expanding its U.K. operations, moving to new HQ in London’s East End and adding a handful of new senior hires. Among those joining Cornerstone U.K. are content manager Adam Hanim, senior account manager Fiona Ghobrial, senior account director Joe Strinati and in January, digital director Karen Piper.

-ATTIK has teamed up with prodco Humble and director Jeff Bitsack to create the latest spot in Scion’s Pure Process campaign (above). A little behind-the-scenes info on the spot here.

-Vertical social media company Glam Media has appointed Dan Lagani as president/chief revenue officer. Lagani will work out of NYC and will report to Glam Media chairman/CEO, Samir Arora.

-Director Scotty Bergstein has joined the roster of Los Angeles-based production company TWC Films for exclusive U.S. representation.

- L.A.-based UTA Brand Studio, the brand strategy division of United Talent Agency, has brought on FutureBrand/Siegel+Gale alum Marcus Bartlett as creative director.

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Here’s What Happening at CP+B Following Powers Departure

Lost in all the hullabaloo of Suzanne Powers‘ departure from CP+B and appointment as EVP/chief strategy officer at McCann is what’s happening on the former’s end in the wake of the move. Our bad. As you may have read, CP+B is restructuring its planning department (or COG department as they call it), axing the global strategy officer position formerly held by Powers to start with. According to CP+B camp, under the new structure, the COG departments in each of the agency’s offices will report to an executive planning director designated for said office. CP+B is kicking things off by promoting Jason De Turris and Benny Thomas to EPDs for Boulder and L.A., with Miami and Europe appointments to be announced at a later date.

In addition, CP+B has launched a new initiative called Mixed Reality Lab, which will be led by nine-year agency vet  Wojtek Szumowski, who currently holds the title of EVP/group director of cognitive and cultural studies. What is Mixed Reality Lab? Well, according to CP+B’s rather poetic description, it’s “designed to continue to question convention, to prototype, experiment and examine the relationships between humans, technology and brands.”

Regarding the planning revamp as a whole, CP+B CEO Andrew Keller says in a statement, “At CP+B, we are constantly reassessing our structure, ensuring that we are meeting and exceeding our clients’ needs in every capacity, and streamlining and redefining as we see fit. This new structure really speaks to where we are as an agency, and the innovation and global strategic insights that we offer our clients are best delivered in this redesign.”

 

From the Ashes of CP+B Toronto Emerges Union

Well, we’ve been hearing about this since yesterday evening and now we’ve received official word that CP+B’s Toronto office as we know it is no longer. In its place is a new, MDC Partners-backed, 30-strong operation dubbed Union, which will be led by former Taxi 2 ECD Lance Martin, Lowe Roche alum Dave Carey and Subtej Nijjar, who has spent the last year as president of what was CP+B Toronto.

In a statement, MDC chief Miles Nadal explains the new Toronto entity, saying, “Union offers the kind of talented, experienced and modern team that will produce great work that will drive tangible, measurable financial returns for clients. Clients are looking for innovative creative solutions and insights that deliver impactful results, and these partners represent the kind of digital thinking, modern strategic insight and creative disruption that can create, build, and catapult businesses.”

Unlike the dire report we were getting from tipsters yesterday regarding mass cuts, Marketing is reporting that as a result of the Union launch, 15 CP+B Toronto staffers though the new operation will continue sharing clients such as Best Buy and Kraft with the latter network. Regarding the news, CP+B CEO Andrew Keller adds, “”We love our Canadian partners and are very proud of the work that we’ve done together. We believe their best opportunity for growth and success will be as an independent agency.  We are great fans of Sub and look forward to the success of Union.”

As for CP+B itself, the agency’s network stands with five offices in Miami, Boulder, London, Los Angeles and Sweden.

 

CP+B Makes Some Cuts

It seems to be the theme this week, unfortunately, but we can confirm that Crispin Porter + Bogusky has made some cuts in its Boulder and Miami offices. We’ve been told the agency is “hiring,” but to explain today’s news, we bring you this statement verbatim from the agency’s CEO, Andrew Keller.

“This has been a strong year for CP+B but we must consistently ask ourselves whether we are doing everything possible for our business to run as efficiently and effectively as possible. In preparation for 2013, we are closely focusing on what we believe matters most: creative, strategy and innovation. To do this, we must realign some of our staffing, which will mean eliminating some positions – less than 5% –  most in areas not absolutely essential to our creative product. At the same time, the agency will continue to add key creative, strategic and digital positions. We certainly don’t take any of these decisions lightly, especially since they involve colleagues and friends. As we continue to evolve, we will always look to find the best ways to meet and exceed the needs of our clients and we are confident that the steps we are taking do just that.

Andrew Keller
CEO
CP+B”

CP+B Appoints New CDO

Crispin Porter + Bogusky has promoted four-year agency vet Ivan Perez-Armendariz to chief digital officer, which we’ve been told is a new post at the MDC agency. Perez-Armendariz officially joined the CP+B camp when his shop texturemedia was acquired back in 2008. You might recall that the new CDO succeeded Winston Binch, who’s now at Deutsch LA, over 15 months ago as director of interactive production and subsequently added EVP to his title this past May.

CP+B CEO Andrew Keller says of the new, L.A.-based digital boss (who happens to be a Boulder native), “Ivan has been an enormous asset to us and an amazing partner to me. His entrepreneurial spirit and digital expertise allow him to lead in a practical and compelling way that invigorates clients as well as everyone at CP+B.”

CP+B Cuts Staff in Toronto

We’ve received confirmation that as part of its ongoing “alignment” process, Crispin Porter + Bogusky had to let go of some staffers in its Toronto office. Here’s a statement from CEO Andrew Keller:

“As we continue to align our six offices with our one agency model, we have simplified our structure. One consequence of this is that 11 of the positions in the Toronto office are no longer needed. Although we do not take the laying off of employees lightly, we believe that we must act in the best interest of both our employees and our clients at all times.  We are confident that this move allows us to bring our clients the most powerful CP+B thinking from across the globe.”

Among the 11 staffers affected is creative director/head of interactive Darren Richardson, who had been CP+B Toronto for just over a year.  From what we’ve been told, CP+B’s office up north has a current staff count of 50.

Old Navy Conjures Some 90s Nostalgia with Cast of ‘Blossom’

It seems as though the hiring manager at Old Navy’s “Funnovations Inc.” is quite the fanatic of early 90s sitcoms. After all, Blossom star and current Big Bang Theory cast member Mayim Bialik revives her giant floral hat for a stint spent deploying “Bee Bots” on spring dresses. It’s always amazing how quickly these Old Navy spots from CP+B and prodco Brand New School turn into surreal portrayals of a dystopian society controlled by excessively cheerful celebrities who run clothing factories.

So maybe using Bootsy Collins to sell boots last winter was a bit of a stretch, but if there’s one media personality we can immortalize for bringing colorful clothing to the masses 20-some years ago, it was blossom and her outrageously bright clothing. Also, it’s kind of nice (and a little depressing) that Joey Lawrence can still make some money on the side by not wearing a shirt and saying, “Whoa.”

On that note, who’s ready for the second season of Melissa and Joey on ABC Family? Credits after the jump.

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Roper, CP+B Part Ways

We’ve received confirmation that Crispin Porter + Bogusky and ECD Tim Roper “mutually decided it was the right time” to part ways. From what sources familiar with the matter tell us, Roper is leaving to pursue his main passion these days, which is directing (he most recently wrote and helmed the Hulu/Will Arnett work including the Super Bowl spot). Roper spent 15 years at CP+B give or take, and among other things, served as a copywriter in the agency’s Miami office early on before moving up to creative director at the first incarnation of its L.A. branch in the early aughts.

During his later years at Crispin, Roper led creative for not only Hulu, but for agency clients ranging from Sprite to Volkswagen. Here’s an official comment from CP+B CEO Andrew Keller: “Tim Roper has been a great asset to our creative team during his time at CP+B. He has a number of other interests and we are in agreement that now is the perfect time for him to pursue them. We thank him for his contributions to the agency and wish him tremendous success moving forward.”

 

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