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Merkin, Rolfe Move On from CP+B

Nearly two years after rejoining Crispin Porter + Bogusky’s Miami office soon after the shuttering of his agency Toy, Ari Merkin (pictured) is leaving the agency to reunite with his old Toy co-conspirators in a consulting role with CP+B parent company MDC Partners. In addition, director of integrated production Dave Rolfe, who had been with Crispin for nearly five years, is leaving the agency for a post at BBDO New York. Read the full statement from CP+B CEO Andrew Keller below:

“Ari Merkin is moving from CP+B and will be consulting with our holding company, MDC Partners where he will be reunited with his former partners from TOY, and current MDC executive management principals Anne Bologna and David Dabill. We are grateful for all Ari has contributed to CP+B and look forward to seeing him flourish in all of his future endeavors.

Additionally, Dave Rolfe is leaving CP+B to join BBDO, NY. We are truly appreciative for all of his meaningful contributions to CP+B. We will not be replacing his role as Director of Integrated Production, however, we will be announcing a new Director of Video Production in the next few weeks.  The Integrated Production Department has incredibly strong leadership within each group and we think this system accurately reflects the current needs of the agency and our clients. Tiffany Rolfe, Dave’s wife and an Executive Creative Director will be staying on at CP+B, continuing as a lead of our LA office, but will eventually be based out of New York with our Global Strategy Officer Suzanne Powers and others based in New York. We are pretty sure we will still be seeing quite a lot of Dave and we remain great friends.

Andrew Keller

Update: Rolfe is expected to make the move from Los Angeles and join up with BBDO NY as director of integrated production in March.

Wednesday Odds and Ends

-PMH and fellow Minneapolis-based operation Pixel Farm collaborate on a new campaign for Mattel’s Barbie (above). link

-GigaOM and paidContent have now joined forces. link

-Anomaly is opening up shop in Toronto. link

-Have you seen Google’s Chrome for Android beta clip yet? link

-Susan Credle, Pete Favat and Andrew Keller are among the familiar names in the 2012 AICP Show Curatorial Committee. link

-Carter Murray is taking over for Tom Sebok as Y&R New York CEO. As part of Y&R global CEO David Sable‘s restructuring of the Big Apple branch, BrandBuzz will also be merged back into Y&R NY and Wunderman Seattle’s Sean Howard will be moving to the NY office to serve as GM.

-Publicis & Hal Riney and Mullen are the final two combatants for the U.S. Cellular biz. link

-Lee Clow and other L.A. agency folks share the spotlight in a pub called Our South Bay. link

-McDonald’s shamrock shake is going national. link

-Viacom and Amazon are close to forming an alliance against Netflix, too. link

CP+B CEO Andrew Keller Confirms, Responds to Layoffs

In case you haven’t already heard about the layoffs that hit CP+B, which we’ve been told affects “less than five percent” of the agency’s global workforce, here’s the full statement from CEO Andrew Keller:

“This has been a strong year for CP+B in a lot of ways.  We’ve expanded our operations in LA and in London and we’ve won some exciting new accounts.  It’s no secret, however, that the economics of this business are changing.  To continue as an industry leader, we are adjusting our operating model to be leaner and more flexible than ever. As we restructure towards our vision, we have made the difficult decision to lay off 43 of our 900+ employees. Our two main responsibilities are to our clients and to our employees. Being fiscally prudent and financially sound is critical to both.  Our industry is undergoing a dramatic reinvention, economically and in other ways, and we embrace the opportunity that comes with change.”

We’ve mentioned that this kind of staff shift was possibly going on at CP+B in recent months, but guess we can say it’s now finally official. We’ve been told that layoffs were made across departments.


CP+B Makes Leadership Moves in Toronto

CP+B has undergone a bit of a management makeover in its Toronto office as Subtej Nijjar, or “Sub” as he’s known, has been promoted to president. Nijjar (right) has spent the last year as VP, director of cultural & business insights at CP+B Toronto, though his time there dates back six years when he joined what was then zig Ideas as strategic planner. During the last few years, Nijjar has taken the lead on a variety of CP+B’s North American accounts including Best Buy and Domino’s and played a role in helping the agency win the Under Armour basketball biz.

Along with the Sub bump, CP+B Toronto VP/CD Michael Murray has now been named executive creative director. Murray has spent the last three years as creative director on accounts ranging from Virgin Mobile/Radio to IKEA. Prior to rejoining CP+B Toronto in 2008, Murray served as a senior copywriter at TAXI for two years.

Meanwhile, CP+B Toronto is losing two notable higher-ups including CEO Shelley Brown and ECD Aaron Starkman (who Murray is replacing). Brown was appointed CEO just 18 months ago after spending nearly eight years as president. No word yet on why they’re leaving exactly (though Chuck Porter says in a statement that “We remain great admirers and friends of them both”), but now, the entire CP+B network will be led by one CEO, which of course is Andrew Keller.


Crispin Loses Some CDs

So, sources familiar with the matter have sent us a memo from Andrew Keller that has made the rounds in the CP+B camp, which announces that Bill Wright and James Dawson Hollis, offline creative directors that somehow transitioned into the digital business, are leaving the agency. Where to, you ask? Well, Ogilvy West to serve as ECDs. After the jump, check out the memo regarding the pair, who worked on Kraft (“Pudding Face”), Jell-O (“Jiggle It” app), etc.

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Andrew Keller Loves Him Some Journey, Def Leppard

Our pals at the Denver Egotist posted an item that introduces us to the Andrew Keller Experience, which as you guessed, features the CEO of Crispin Porter + Bogusky. It’s hard to tell from the footage and cock-rock get-up (oy, we really can’t wait for Battle of the Ad Bands now), but yes, that is Keller on guitar (is that Leif Garrett on vocals?) and the rest of his Experience doing their bar-band version of karaoke staples “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Journey and Def Leppard, respectively.

Not much more to explain except the clips come from a CP+B party that was thrown a few weeks ago at Absinthe House in Boulder. Regardless if you think they have chops or not, at least it looks like the boys are having fun. Now, does anyone have a lighter we can borrow?

Winston Binch Splits for Deutsch

Six-year CP+B vet Winston Binch, who was housed in Boulder, co-founded Boulder Digital Works and served as partner/MD of Crispin, is leaving the agency for a gig at Deutsch LA. Here’s a letter from CEO Andrew Keller:

Dear CP+B,

Wanted to send out an update to let everyone know that Winston Binch will be leaving the agency.

While many of you may think of Winston as a partner and new business guy, Winston, along with Jeff Benjamin, Scott Prindle and Matt Walsh are the original architects of our digital process as we know it. What an amazing and significant accomplishment. We truly can’t thank Winston enough and are sad to see him go.

Over the last 18 months, Ivan Perez-Armendariz has stepped into Winston’s role of Director of Interactive Production so that Winston could focus his efforts on new business where he’s done a great job creating opportunities for the agency. Ivan along with Paul Sutton, Ryan Moreno and Tony Tung will continue to lead our digital production efforts and are clearly the best in the business. We couldn’t be luckier to have them.

Also, I’m happy to announce that Mason Reed will be taking over new business efforts and is already doing an excellent job-I will let him make his cool announcement next week.

Today is Winston’s last day. If you see him, please thank him for his impact on the agency and congratulate him on his new job at Deutsch LA. We will miss you, Winston.


Update: Here’s official word on Binch, who joins Deutsch LA as partner, chief digital officer. CEO Mike Sheldon, take it away:

“Winston is one of the top digital talents anywhere.  The goal for Deutsch LA is  simple and clear: we want to be the best digital agency in the country. Hiring Winston greatly amplifies our efforts in getting there. Winston is a great leader, thinker and someone who creates amazingly inventive programs for clients.  We couldn’t be more thrilled to have him join us. “

Tuesday Morning Stir

-Bob Carrigan succeeds David Moore as chairman of the IAB Board of Directors.

-CP+B CEO Andrew Keller talks to Yahoo’s advertising blog. link

-Alex Bogusky, meanwhile, launched his new endeavor called Common. link

-Dr. Phil talks “ring envy” with the NFL on Fox guys (above).

-The call for entries is now open for the 2011 ADC Student Brief competition. link

-Cool: Google Art Project link

Powers Takes Global Strategy Post at CP+B

TBWA Worldwide alum Suzanne Powers has joined the executive ranks at Crispin Porter + Bogusky by taking on the position of global strategy officer. During her ten years at TBWA, Powers moved up from account planning director at Chiat\Day\LA to executive director of strategy and business development and was eventually responsible for the strategic leadership of the agency’s global clients such as MARS, Nivea and GSK.

Called “a restless kindred spirit…with unmatched talent and experience in global planning and activation” by CP+B CEO Andrew Keller in a statement, Powers will be spearheading the agency’s global expansion.

Keller Takes CEO Post at CP+B

More Crispin news? Yes, more Crispin news, and this one’s fairly big as the agency’s longtime co-CCO Andrew Keller has been promoted to CEO of CP+B. But Keller isn’t the only one probably busting open a bottle of bubbly as his cohort Rob Reilly has been bumped up worldwide chief creative officer, while Jeff Steinhour was promoted to president and Jeff Hicks was elevated to vice chairman at the MDC-owned firm.

In a statement, Keller, who has been with Crispin for 12 years and counting, seems optimistic, saying, ““It’s impossible to know what the advertising industry will be like in 10 years, but you can be sure CP+B will be at the forefront of it, making brands outrageously successful by any means possible.”