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Kevin Thomson Joins BBDO San Francisco as Creative Director

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Today we learned that veteran creative Kevin Thomson has left his position at The Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia for a job as Creative Director at BBDO San Francisco.

BBDO’s newest CD has more than a decade of industry work under his belt: he joined Martin in 2011 to write copy for clients like Discover, Exxon, Walmart and GEICO (2013 “Portraits Gallery” spot here). Prior to the Martin gig, he spent just over a year with JWT and more than seven years with Seattle-based WPP shop Cole & Weber.

Thomson officially begins at BBDO SF on July 21st, reporting directly to EVP/ECD Craig Mangan; he will work on various brands including Gallo Wines and Sutter Health.

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BBDO ECD Moves from New York to San Francisco

bbdo sfQuick BBDO update: our source confirms that Steve Rutter, a longtime presence in the agency’s Manhattan offices, has moved to the West Coast.

The reason for the move concerns the Wells Fargo account. Rutter will oversee creative on Wells while fellow ECD Craig Manganwho left GS&P in 2012 to take the executive position–maintains creative oversight on all the office’s other accounts.

A tiny bit of backstory: the ink has just dried on the Wells Fargo deal, signed in March. Rutter officially joined the SF team in April and, prior to this move, he spent a majority of his career (a whopping 24 years) at BBDO New York, most recently holding the EVP/ECD titles. During that time, he managed the E*TRADE, Bank of America and AIG accounts (among many, many others).

BBDO Bumps Up Burns to MD in SF

Marc BurnssmallAfter spending the last five years in management roles in various BBDO offices, most recently serving as SVP/group account director on AT&T Wireless at the agency, Marc Burns will now fill the vacant position of managing director at BBDO San Francisco, where’s he’s been working out of for the last year. During his time on the AT&T biz, Burns helped lead teams behind efforts including the youth-focused “You’ve got a Case” starring Will Arnett and the V-Day-themed “Shout Your Love from the Mountaintop.”

Burns’s history with BBDO, though, actually dates back to 1996, when we started out in the mailroom at the agency’s Australian operations before spent the next few years as a senior account manager at Clemenger BBDO. In between his two stints within the BBDO network, Burns held account roles at Leo Burnett and worked on client side for a couple of years at Mitsubishi. Now at BBDO SF, the new MD fills out a leadership team that includes president/CEO Jim Lesser, ECD (and Goodby alum) Craig Mangan and director of strategic planning, Matt Herrmann.

Mangan Does His Best Goodby Impression in ‘Exit Interview’

Two weeks ago, we learned that Craig Mangan was leaving Goodby Silverstein & Partners after 17 years to take the creative helm at BBDO San Francisco. Anyhow, this video just dropped in our tips box last night and even if you’ve seen it already, we figured we’d share Mangan doing his own exit interview, complete with Jeff Goodby wig, impression and all. Sure, he’s taking the piss, but it sure looks like his departure was amicable. Now, let’s hear fake Goodby visit the rooftop and talk about his youth spending time at an ashram in India and doing drugs among other things, shall we?

GS&P’s Mangan to Take Top Creative Post at BBDO SF (Updated)

It looks like Goodby Silverstein & Partners is set to lose another longtime staffer. Just a day after reporting that Linda Harless was leaving the agency after 25 years, we’ve received confirmation from sources familiar with the matter that GS&P ACD/copywriter Craig Mangan is also taking off to join up with sister Omnicom shop BBDO as the new EVP/ECD of its San Francisco office.

Mangan, who will assume his new position at BBDO SF in the first week of July, succeeds Mike McKay, who left the agency last fall for the CCO job at fellow Bay Area operation, Eleven. BBDO San Francisco’s soon-to-be creative boss, who will lead creative for clients including Gallo, Mars, Caesars Entertainment and Vail Resports, spent approximately 16 years at Goodby, moving from the account side to creative over a decade ago. Mangan subsequently penned work including the memorable split-screen spots for the NBA from a few years ago. If you need a refresher (and since they’re currently battling in a series right now), here’s one example starring LeBron James and Kevin Garnett. Update: After the jump, you can peep the short ‘n sweet note from BBDO SF chairman Jim Lesser that confirms matters.

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