We’ve received confirmation of tips we’ve received that both Claudia Richman and Chetan Bokariya, formerly SVP/regional operations director for San Francisco/Chicago and VP/architect, mobile technology, respectively, are no longer with DigitasLBi. From what we’ve been told, Richman actually departed a few weeks ago while Bokariya’s last day is today. The former is now working on her own consultancy after spending 15 months at Digitas. During her career, Richman had fairly lengthy senior-level stints at Tribal DDB and Energy BBDO. Bokariya, meanwhile spent a couple of years on the technical side at Publicis Groupe’s mobile unit, Phonevalley before joining DigitasLBi.
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We’ve received confirmation that Chicago agency Energy BBDO had to let go of some staff last week. A spokesperson tells us, “In the last year we’ve integrated significant new business, which required small adjustments to reshape the team in order to better serve our clients’ needs.”
The “significant new business” the Energy camp is referring to, of course, includes the likes of Quaker and SCJohnson. From what we we’ve been told by sources familiar with the matter, departments like project management were affected and approximately 10 staffers were cut. Perhaps the most notable among them was EVP/chief financial officer Tim Smith, who had spent the last three years in said position at Energy BBDO.
In addition to the cuts, Energy recently lost four-year vet and SVP/solutions director Claudia Richman to Digitas Chicago. Richman officially assumed the title of SVP/integration lead at the latter agency last week.
BBDO has declined to comment and no one answered when we called, but tipsters have been telling us today that Proximity Chicago has folded into Energy BBDO. As you can see, folks like Claudia Richman, SVP, solutions director who previously listed her agency gig at Proximity, has changed her LinkedIn to Energy BBDO. So has Andrew Kasprzycki, who has spent the last four years at the agency as EVP/MD, digital. If you want further proof that they worked at Proximity, look no further than here. Anyhow, we hope to have more clarification on the matter shortly.