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Organic Makes Creative Leadership Changes

organicccoWe’ve received confirmation that David Bryant, who joined Organic 15 months ago as chief creative officer Conor Brady, who left at the time for Huge, is no longer with the agency. Word is that Chris Kelly, ECD of Organic NY and Duane  Raupp, Detroit ECD, will take the lead on creative duties across network at the Omnicom-owned agency. Prior to Organic, Bryant served as ECD/digital at the likes of StrawberryFrog and Publicis. As for the new incoming creative leadership, Kelly spent the last 15 months as creative director at Wunderman prior to joining Organic as GCD while Raupp has had a few stints at the agency, last serving as VP/ECD out of its Detroit office.

Here’s a quick statement from Organic CEO, David Shulman: “Kelly and Raupp are exceptional digital creative leaders who both complement and collaborate naturally in their leadership of our clients and staff.  They drive spectacular work and impressive innovation, and both are recognized as outstanding mentors in developing talent. Together they are a powerful team to lead Organic creative.”

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Huge Welcomes New CMO

pezzullohugeIt didn’t take too long for Huge to find a successor for chief marketing officer Chris Hayes, who left the agency in December and subsequently joined Critical Mass (along with fellow ex-Huge cohort/CCO, Conor Brady) earlier this month. Taking over as Huge CMO is Jessica Pezzullo, who arrives from SelectResources International, where she’s spent the last eight years and most recently served as senior partner. From what we’ve been told, Pezzullo will handle CMO responsibilities out of Huge’s Los Angeles office. During her career, the exec has also served as senior partner/group account director at the likes of Digitas and Ogilvy.

Critical Mass Officially Welcomes Michaels, Promotes Levy to Chicago/LA GM

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Less than two weeks after we first reported that Suzanne Michaels left DigitasLBi and was potentially assuming an executive creative director role at Critical Mass, the latter agency has now made it official.  Michaels has indeed joined Omnicom-owned Critical Mass as part of the agency’s  “larger investment in developing talent and creative excellence.” Michaels now joins a leadership team that also includes Amanda Levy, a seven-year CM vet who has now been bumped up general manager (but will continue in her role as SVP/client partner for Nissan and Infiniti North America) and Lisa Penelton, a Razorfish alum who joins CM as  VP/marketing science. Together, the trio will oversee business and operations across CM’s Chicago and L.A. office.

Regarding her new gig, Michaels (pictured right, with Levy), who officially left DigitasLBi on Jan. 6 after four-and-a-half years, says in a statement,  “Agencies everywhere are at a precipice, thinking about who they are and what they want to be. With its expertise in business strategy, user experience and design, Critical Mass is poised to fill a very compelling white space. We can be the partner who helps brands do more than just advertise to people, and become a chosen part of their lives through software, products, and experiences.”

One can say that it’s been a fairly busy start to the year for Critical Mass, which along with its latest leadership appointments, welcomed Huge alums Conor Brady and Chris Hayes as global CCO and CMO, respectively, and is merging its London ops with Agency Republic, effective Jan. 18.

Critical Mass Adds Brady, Hayes to Fold, Loses Delichte in Calgary

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Critical Mass is off to a busy start in the new year as the Omnicom/DAS digital agency has not only merged its London operations with Agency Republic, but has brought on Conor Brady and Chris Hayes as chief creative officer and chief marketing officer, respectively.Hayes and Brady (pictured l-r above), you may recall, most recently worked at Huge but parted ways with the IPG-owned, Brooklyn-based agency last month. As for the U.K. Critical Mass leadership team, Matt Kwiecinski and Alistair Campbell will lead the combined UK team as managing director and ECD, respectively, with the latter joining the newly created Creative Council, led by Brady. Susanne Jones, former managing director of Critical Mass London, moves into a new strategic role as SVP/client partner for what sources tell us is Citi, one of the agency’s largest global clients.

On another note, to address the tipsterati who sent us a note about it, we did receive confirmation that 18-year Critical Mass vet Darren Delichte, who served as SVP/ECD out of the Calgary office, is no longer with the agency and actually parted ways a few months ago.

Brady, Hayes Leaving Huge

conorbrady1After getting deluged with tips last night, we’ve received confirmation this morning that Chris Hayes and Conor Brady, chief marketing officer and chief creative officer, respectively, at Huge, are indeed parting ways with IPG-owned agency–each, though, for their own reasons we’ve been told. Here’s a statement from Huge to clarify a bit: “Conor Brady and Chris Hayes will both leave Huge in the new year to pursue other opportunities. They both contributed to what was another record year of growth at Huge where we grew by 40% globally. We’ll be announcing a replacement for Chris in January but don’t see the need to replace Conor at this time. Jon Jackson, who has done an amazing job managing the creative group in Brooklyn, will continue to lead creative in New York.”

No word yet on where either exec is headed to next, but Hayes joined Huge approximately 18 months ago from Y&R, where he spent nearly two years and served in roles including CMO/North America and managing partner/global new business development. Brady (pictured), meanwhile, joined Huge 15 months ago after spending a half-dozen years at Organic, where he last served as chief creative officer. As for Jackson, the executive creative director worked for over a half-decade at Sapient before joining Huge three years ago.

 

Huge Loses Lead Design/Creative Duo, Appoints MD, GCD for Atlanta

We can chalk this up to coincidence that Huge has certainly been on our radar today. Now, we’ve received word in the form of a memo from those in the know that a couple of the agency’s vets are splitting to “start something new.” From what we’ve been told, the announce was made internally today that partner/global creative director Joe Stewart (pictured) and partner/user experience Felipe Memoria, who worked out of the L.A. and NY offices, respectively, are leaving the agency after seven years.

Stewart will continue working with his crew in L.A. as he transitions out over the next month or so and the global creative team will continue to be led by Conor Brady, who joined Huge last fall. As for the UX portion, longtime Huge staffer Michal Pasternak will continue leading said department’s team out of New York.

On another note, the Brooklyn-based, IPG-owned shop has started to cement its operations in Atlanta by hiring Ant Farm co-founder/Nurun alum Michael Koziol as its managing director in the 404 while appointing Derek Fridman, a SapientNitro alum who’s spent the last year at Huge, to serve as GCD in said office. As for Stewart and Memoria, who are in the process of “fleshing out” plans for their new company, you can read their lengthy, heartfelt farewell after the jump.

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Organic Welcomes New CCO, Chief Talent Officer

Maybe you’ve heard the news, but while we anxiously await Turkey Day, let us sound like a broken record and tell you that Organic has finally found a replacement for chief creative officer, Conor Brady, who parted ways with Organic over the summer and headed to Huge. The Omnicom-owned Organic has tapped David Bryant, former Google creative strategist and not to mention Publicis as well as StrawberryFrog ECD, digital (remember this?), to serve as its new chief creative officer.

Along with Bryant, Organic has appointed former Digitas SVP, talent acquisition and retention , Mark Murata (who spent just over a year at said agency), as its chief talent officer.

Brady Does End Up at Huge After All

Nearly three months after leaving Organic, the mystery of Conor Brady‘s next destination has been solved. As we initially speculated, he has indeed joined Brooklyn-based Huge (we’ve been told the agency is trying to evolve from all-caps, FYI) as global creative director.  Brady, who officially started at Huge last week, arrives, as mentioned, from Organic, where he spent six years in all and last served as chief creative officer.

During his career, Brady also logged several years as a creative director at both Razorfish and Universal Music. Now as global CD at Huge, Brady will be working across offices but be based out of the agency’s Brooklyn hub.

Kerho Leaving Organic

And so, the management shifts at Organic continue. Following the departure of CCO Conor Brady last month and the changing of the guards at the CEO position last week, the Omnicom agency has confirmed that Steve Kerho is soon leaving the ranks. Kerho has been with Organic for the last four years, working out of the L.A. office and serving as SVP/analytics, media and marketing optimization.  An agency spokesperson tells us, “Steve has been a tireless leader on Organic’s executive management team since 2008, and we thank him for his contributions and wish him the best in his new endeavor.”

Sources familiar with the matter add that Kerho’s last day at Organic is August 3 and he is leaving the agency business for a publishing-side opportunity in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Organic, Kerho worked in media/planning/strategy on the client side for automakers including Nissan and Mazda.

We Hear: Conor Brady Leaving Organic? (Updated: Yes)

Over the last hour, the Spy line has been buzzing that Organic chief creative officer Conor Brady, who has been with the Omnicom agency for six years, is moving on. No official word yet from the Organic camp, but we’re hearing that Brady, who you may recognize from the Organic 2011 holiday card above, is possibly joining up with IPG-owned, Brooklyn-based HUGE. We’re checking in with both camps and are awaiting feedback.

Brady joined Organic as a GCD in 2006 after spending six years as a creative director at Razorfish. As CCO at Organic for the last three years, Brady recently oversaw creative on one of our most-viewed items of 2011. We’ll keep you posted as things develop.

Update: While we’re not sure where Brady is headed to next, here’s a quick statement from an Organic spokesperson to confirm things: “Conor has been instrumental in making Organic the strong creative brand it is today. We thank him for his six years here and wish him the best in future endeavors.”

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