To expand and clarify upon tipsters’ quotes from earlier this week, we’ve received confirmation from sources familiar with the matter say that the agency has cut approximately three percent of staff ACROSS network–not just in San Francisco–including a couple of creatives. From what we’ve been told, this is part of the Omnicom-owned agency’s CEO David Shulman‘s assessment of talent based on, you guessed it, client needs. But, on a positive note, our sources add that Organic is hiring, and if you recall, has brought on staffers including CSO Monik Sanghvi, appointed Audrey Melofchik as New York GM and of course, most recently, has welcomed Digitas alum Sarah Montague in the same latter role in San Francisco.
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It seems like Organic CEO David Shulman has been a busy man these days. Just weeks after bringing back Monik Sanghvi to serve as the Omnicom-owned agency’s chief strategy officer and appointing Audrey Melofchik as GM of its New York office, the CEO is now on the hunt for a new GM of Organic’s SF branch. Why? Well, because Alle Aufderhaar, who joined Organic in said role in 2010 after lengthy stints at the likes of Digitas, is leaving the agency to go client-side.
In the meantime, sources familiar with the matter tell us that while Shulman talks to candidates now–though, there’s no rush as “he wants to make the right choice”–CFO Tina Weber will be interim GM for San Fran and chief client officer Joe DiMeglio will oversee portfolio of clients based out of San Francisco.
We can call this foreshadowing, but on June 29, a tipster told us, “Marita Scarfi‘s days are numbered at Organic.” Well, let’s fast-forward a few weeks to present day and tell you that the Omnicom-owned digital agency (which also lost its CCO recently) basically realized this comment and has indeed appointed a new CEO in David Shulman. A few months ago, we reported on Shulman’s departure from Wunderman, where he spent two years as president. During that time, we were told he was taking a “lead global position,” so…voila. Schulman will officially assume his new chief exec role at Organic on August 1.
As you’d expect, BBDO Worldwide CEO Andrew Robertston (Organic is a part of said agency) gushes about the new hire, saying in a statement, “He is a leader, an innovator, a business builder, and he is great with clients. He built Digitas in Detroit into a 200-person operation. He co-founded a software development firm in Ukraine, and in his time at Wunderman, he reorganized its operations, attracted new talent, deepened existing client relationships and landed new business, most recently, the global digital agency of record for Levi’s. I first met him last year and I am delighted that we have persuaded him to join.”
Here was the tip regarding David Shulman, who has served as president of Wunderman for the last two years: “David Shulman out of Wunderman NY. Forced out, not sure where he is heading.” As Adweek reports, Shulman’s next destination is “unidentified,” but replacing him will be now-managing director Chris Loll. As for Shulman, the exec spent the majority of his career at Digitas, eventually moving up to managing director before heading to Enfatico to serve as chief digital officer for two years.
Update: We got word from the Wunderman camp, who tells us that “…Shu wasn’t forced out, quite the opposite, we wish he would stick around. We like him and he has done a great job with clients, staff and new business in New York. Whomever said that he was forced out simply has the facts wrong. Shulman left because he got a lead global position.” We’re trying to get word on where this “lead global position” exactly is. We’ll keep you posted.