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Skahan Indeed Returns to CP+B, Assumes New Role of, Yes, XCD

Another day, another new title created at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, which finally confirms what we first reported a couple of weeks ago, that Brian Skahan has indeed returned to the fold His new title? Well, as you can see above, it’s something called XCD, which we’ve been told pertains to a creative director who “is in charge specifically of complex digital projects.”  Essentially, Skahan will serve as a digital jack-of-all-trades at the agency, rotating from client to client whenever a major digital project or digital platform is in the works.

As previously mentioned, Skahan’s first tour-of-duty at CP+B lasted approximately three-and-a-half years, during which time he served as VP/creative technology director and led development teams for clients including Microsoft, AmEx, Guitar Hero (RIP) and Domino’s. Besides his work with the Boulder-based bunch, Skahan spent two years as managing director/CTO at the agency formerly known as Publicis Modem, working with clients including P&G Oral Care and Citi for last year’s Olympics.

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Skahan Returning to CP+B

Sources familiar with the matter confirm that Brian Skahan, who has spent nearly two years serving as EVP/CTO/managing director of what was Publicis Modem and is now Publicis Kaplan Thaler, is heading back to his old stomping grounds at Crispin Porter +Bogusky. During his three-and-a-half year stint at the Boulder-based agency, Skahan served as VP/creative technology director and led development teams for clients including Microsoft and Domino’s.

CP+B would not officially comment on the matter, but from what we’re hearing, Skahan is just one of a handful of staffers who are boomeranging back to the agency. We’ll try to get title, start date, but in terms of the latter, we’re hearing that Skahan will assume his new role at CP+B within the next couple of weeks. Prior to CP+B, the tech exec worked at Digital Pulp. We’re certain that we’ll have more updates soon.

Skahan Replaces Yeon at Publicis Modem

There’s been a changing of the guards at Publicis Modem as its chief technology officer Brian Skahan is taking over as EVP, managing director of the New York office. Skahan, who has been with Modem since August and is retaining his CTO role, is taking over for Hyo Yeon, who is leaving to assume the title of president at digital shop, Fjord USA. Yeon spent 10 months as MD at Modem and later took on additional responsibilities as senior client lead on digital following the agency’s restructuring a few months back. In a statement, the departing exec explains, “I joined Modem because I believe in the vision and spent time making changes for the future.  I think Modem is now very well poised. Personally, I wanted to get back to the design and product development side.”

As for Skahan, prior to joining Modem, the new EVP/MD spent three-and-a-half years at CP+B, leading development teams for clients including Microsoft, Domino’s and Jose Cuervo. In addition, Skahan led the Amex OPEN interactive teams while at Crispin.