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Ex-Saatchi X Chairman/CEO Murray Lands SVP Gig at Walmart

While Walmart has yet to respond to our inquiries, we have received confirmation from other parties involved that Andy Murray, founder and former chairman/CEO at Saatchi & Saatchi X who parted ways with the agency at the end of 2011, has accepted the position of SVP/creative with the Bentonville, AR behemoth.

Since his departure from Saatchi X, Murray has spent the last two years building his own Fayetteville, AR-based social media/marketing technology agency, Mercury 11, which is now on the verge of being bought up by Project:Worldwide. In fact, the global agency network has officially announced its intent to acquire Mercury 11 and merge it with its own Dallas-based shopper engagement unit dubbed Shoptology, which is led by Murray’s old Saatchi X cohort (and former North American CEO), Charlie Anderson.

Terms of the deal are undisclosed, but in a statement, Murray says, “I’m excited for Mercury 11 to join the Shoptology team. Charlie is an experienced builder and has a keen appreciation for how to scale a top team to bring world-class digital shopper marketing solutions to blue-chip client partners. I have no doubt Mercury 11’s capabilities and people will add value to Shoptology’s offering and will be in good hands.”

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Monday Morning Stir

 

-Microsoft says social media will not take precedence when it comes to marketing efforts for Xbox One. link

-Srijib Mallik , former head of Bates CHI & Partners for Delhi & Mumbai, has been appointed as COO of Creativeland Asia.

-If you happened to be a Cannes delegate, feel free to login and check out a collection of seminar videos from this year’s event. link

-Following his win at Wimbledon yesterday, Andy Murray is poised to make over $20 million in sponsorship deals. link; link

-Commercial/music video director Ian Pons Jewell has joined the roster of Paris-based production company, Wanda. link

 

Monday Morning Stir

-Havas Media has promoted Natasha Murray, most recently managing partner/head of client services, to managing director. Murray succeeds Paul Frampton, who was promoted to CEO.

-Interactive creative duo Max Arlestig and Max Gebhardt, who spent the last year at R/GA New York, have joined the creative roster at W+K Amsterdam.

-Venables Bell & Partners founder/ECD Paul Venables chats with The New York Times about, among other things, breaking into the industry. link

-Bud Light is sponsoring a cross-country music fest on August 1 called “Music First,” in which the A-B InBev brand is putting on 50 shows in 50 states all on the same day. Promo spot above featuring host Naya Rivera.

-With Wimbledon week two underway, why not mention that U.K hopeful Andy Murray is serving (no pun intended) as the face of a new interactive campaign called “Be the Net,” which launched by London agency Johnny Fearless and Malaria No More UK. link

Andy Murray Out at Saatchi & Saatchi X

If his LinkedIn wasn’t enough to confirm it, a phone call cemented the fact that Saatchi & Saatchi X chairman Andy Murray is no longer with the agency that he helped found nearly 12 years ago. Spies are claiming that Murray was “ousted” from his post (though his name and frame are still on the agency’s worldwide creative board page) and that we can expect more management transitions at X in the near future. But anyhow, it appears that Murray is now turning his attention to his Arkansas-based “entrepreneurial technology incubator” dubbed Mercury11.

In 2010, Murray was replaced by Walmart alum Dina Howell as CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi X, the shopper marketing divisi0n which was formerly known as Thompson Murray until it was acquired and re-branded by “The Lovemarks Company” in 2004.

Wednesday Morning Stir

-Matt Weiner lobbies for a potential Don Draper Emmy win. link

-Can AKQA win one for the U.K.? We sure know Andy Murray can’t. link

-Yes, we still hate QR codes. link

-Leo Burnett debuted its ad unit, Comments. link

-The Sundance Kid talks brands at Cannes. link

-Spirit Airlines continues to suck. link

Djokovic Takes to Skies in Latest Head Tennis Stunt

Now that he’s overtaken Roger Federer as #2 tennis player in the world and is unbeaten this year, has Novak Djokovic lost his mind? One can deduce such a thing after watching this latest stunt promoting Head tennis racquets that features the Serb (or his stunt double we hope) playing a quick back-and-forth on the wings of an airplane. The clip comes courtesy of Berlin-based shop Aimaq and Stolle, which was also responsible for the “street tennis” display put on by British tennis hopeful/Grand Slam never-was Andy Murray from last summer. As for Djokovic, maybe all the recent success has just clouded his, um, head.