Here’s the official statement:
“We are thankful to Chris Jordan for his 12 years of leadership at Y&R Canada, and we wish him the very best moving forward. As we continue to evolve as an agency, we are recognizing the immense value of the leadership of Israel Diaz, EVP, Chief Creative Officer; Carl McMurray, SVP, Chief Financial Officer; Susan Murray, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer; Kasi Bruno, VP, Strategy & Cultural Insights; and Gavin Bayley, SVP, Global Client Leader. Effective immediately, this talented group comprises the senior leadership team of Y&R Canada, reporting into Y&R North America CEO Matt Anthony and Y&R North America COO Sean Howard.”
Jordan had served as CEO and president of Y&R’s Canadian operations since 2002; prior to joining the agency world, he was chief marketing and sales officer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Israel Diaz, who moved into the top creative post at Y&R Toronto back in 2011, will assume a more prominent role in Jordan’s absence.
Tipsters claim that the departure is directly related to the Ford account, for which WPP’s shops Y&R, Wunderman and Mindshare recently created the brand-new entity Blue Hive.
We have no specifics on that point or on Jordan’s future plans.