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If You Were Wondering, Ex-BBDO Minneapolis ECD Brian Kroening is Now a Rocker

Well, having been in bands but doing the agency grunt work as an ECD altogether, we appreciate his mojo of former Fallon ECD, Brian Kroening.. During his ad career,Kroening has worked at the likes  of Minneapolis-based agencies Carmichael Lynch as well as Arnold prior to working at Falloon.. If you were wondering what he is up to now, well, do it up top.

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Haan Makes First Hire as BBDO Proximity Minneapolis ECD

timbrunelleWhile we’re on the Minneapolis tip, we’ve received confirmation that Tim Brunelle, who’s spent the last year on the freelance circuit in the Twin Cities, has joined up with BBDO Proximity Minneapolis this week to serve as creative director on digital across all the agency’s accounts. This marks the first hire by Noel Haan, who took over for Brian Kroening as ECD at BBDO Proximity MN in October. As for Brunelle, prior to his time spent freelancing, the creative led his own agency, Hello Viking, held the head of interactive position at Carmichael Lynch and spent several years as a CD at Arnold, Volkswagen among other accounts in the early aughts. Along the way, Brunelle has picked One Show Interactive Best of show, Gold Pencils, a Grand Clio, Cannes Grand Prix and Grand Andy (for work on VW/”Drivers Wanted”).

Haan Succeeds Kroening as ECD at BBDO Proximity Minneapolis

noelhaanBBDO Proximity Minneapolis has found a new executive creative director in veteran Chicago creative Noel Haan, who’s spent the last two years as an ECD heading up global creative for SC Johnson while at Ogilvy’s Windy City office. Haan succeeds longtime Minneapolis creative Brian Kroening, who’s spent the last several years as SVP/ECD at BBDO but has “left to pursue other interests.” This marks Haan’s second stint within the fold, as he originally spent a few years as GCD on Jim Beam among other clients while at Energy BBDO.  Says the new BBDO Minneapolis ECD in a statement, “I am very excited to be reunited with [BBDO North American CCO/chairman] David Lubars and to be coming back to a BBDO agency with so much positive momentum.  BBDO Minneapolis has been around for 80 years.  It’s my job to make the next decade just as memorable,”

BBDO’s Twin Cities operation currently works with a client roster including Skippy Peanut Butter, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Hormel.

BBDO Vet Haley is Calling it Quits

Hat tip to our own Bob Marshall for the note regarding the BBDO NY tweet above, which basically explains it all. Denny Haley, in case you were wondering, was a 21-year BBDO vet who eventually took on the dual roles of CCO and president/CEO at the MN office once Bob Thacker resigned back in 2004 (FYI, Thacker eventually came out of retirement a year later to serve as SVP, marketing at OfficeMax and is now working for a nonprofit organization in Chicago). Anyhow, as the tweet says, Haley’s successor is Neil White, who’s been serving an SVP at BBDO Minneapolis for three years. Prior to BBDO, White held account director posts at the likes of BBDO Canada and JWT.

Update: Well, here’s more from the BBDO camp. It’s not an immediate departure as Haley will be transitioning his workload over the next few months and White actually won’t take over until early next year. The new BBDO Minneapolis boss will be aided in his soon-to-be new role by the office’s ECD, Brian Kroening.

Regarding Haley’s resignation, Troy Ruhanen, BBDO chairman, the Americas, says in a statement, “This has been a difficult decision for all. No one wants to see Denny leave.  But if there is anyone who has earned the right to retire on a high, it is Denny.  For more than 20 years, he has poured his heart and soul into BBDO and its clients, helping to grow our Minneapolis office.  He leaves BBDO on a high, and we are fortunate to have someone of Neil’s caliber to succeed him.  We wish Denny all the best of luck…knowing, of course, he will still only be a phone call away.”