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Neary Back on the Freelance Circuit

After spending just nine months as group creative director at Darien, CT-based Colangelo Synergy Marketing, where he worked with brands including Trojan and Guinness, Canice Neary has headed back into freelancing. We’ve reached out to the man himself for comment, but from what sources tell us, Neary, who’s currently based in New York, is heading back to his native turf in Chicago. The creative vet of course was the man who quietly took over the creative reins at the now-defunct Element 79 once Dennis Ryan left for the CCO gig at Olson in 2011, but subsequently left after just a year at the helm. Neary spent 11 years in all at Element 79, which was folded into DDB Chicago last fall.

During his career, the copywriter by trade has had full-time gigs at the likes of Lowe and W+K and has freelanced for several shops including 72andSunny and VSA.

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Fetrow Heading to Olson

It looks like Olson CCO Dennis Ryan is bolstering his creative department in Minneapolis as said agency will soon be welcoming Mike Fetrow to the fold. Sources familiar with the matter confirm that Fetrow, former “Sexiest Man in Advertising” candidate and current art director at Fallon, will be joining Olson as executive creative director. Fetrow has spent the last two years at Fallon, serving as GCD on Cadillac and Buffalo Wild Wings among other accounts.

Prior to his second tour of duty at Fallon, Fetrow made his way around the Minneapolis-St. Paul ad scene, spending four years as ECD at Colle+McVoy and a year-and-a-half as VP/creative director at space150. In addition to Fetrow, Olson will also be adding Cuc Oetting to its creative department. We’ve been told by sources that Oetting will joining the agency as a CD, working on digital efforts for Target, which is not unfamiliar territory for her as she’s had a stint as an in-house creative for the brand. Currently, she’s serving as director of retail design/strategy for Periscope. From what we’ve been told, there hasn’t been an official start date set for the new creatives.

Canice Neary Out at Element 79? (Update: Yes)

It looks like Canice Neary has left Element 79 almost just as quietly as he took over the creative reins last year at the Chicago-based agency. While Neary is still listed on the Element 79 management page, spies say his 11-year run at the agency ended as of last Friday. According to his LinkedIn, Neary appears to be quite the Mad Men fan as he’s now listed as a “free agent” and “special assistant to Peggy Olsen” at Cutler Gleason and Chaough.

Anyhow, Neary stepped up to the top creative role at Element 79 soon after Dennis Ryan left to take the CCO job at Olson. During his decade-plus stint at the agency, Neary led creative on accounts including Supercuts. Prior to Element, the creative had media and creative stints at the likes of DDB, Lowe & Partners and W+K. We’re trying to get official confirmation from the E79 camp about Neary’s departure. We’ll keep you posted. Update: It’s confirmed.

Is Element 79 Suffering from Loss of Harris Biz?

We’ve reached out several times to Chicago’s Element 79 but have no word, though from what we hear, the agency is still suffering from the loss of Harris Bank last year. One tipster paints a rather dire portrait, alleging that “layoffs at element 79 due to harris. 6 people let go and probably more to come with other client losses looks like element is in dire straits. Brian Williams the CEO to blame for all the loses. Once [former partner/CCO Dennis Ryan] left the agency to go to Olson the place has never been able to bounce back. Canice Neary the head creative has not helped the agency at all and he  stays under the radar.  They only have 4-5 accounts left. An agency that have 270 people three years ago is now down to 35 people left.”

Here’s Today’s Minneapolis Creative Moves Roundup

Let’s kill two birds with one stone today, shall we? Ten months after being promoted from senior copywriter to ACD (here he is sporting an interesting hoodie that depicts his career trajectory), Matt Burgess continues to move up the Olson ladder as he’s now been made creative director at the Minneapolis-based agency. Burgess joined Olson nearly four years ago from Campbell Mithun. Prior to that, he had stints at Best Buy, JWT New York and Martin | Williams.

Also getting bumped up to creative director at Olson is Brian Hurley, another Martin | Williams alum who joined the former agency in 2007 after spending time as an art director at the latter. According to a statement from Olson CCO Dennis Ryan, “Both Matt and Brian generate terrific thinking with their creative executions and also in innovative media ideas. This makes them a huge asset to our department, despite their inveterate pranking.” The apparently mischievous pair will work on General Mills and University of Minnesota among other accounts.

While we’re on the topic of the Twin Cities, Carmichael Lynch has brought on Michael Rogers (pictured) as ACD on the Subaru business. Rogers, like the aforementioned Olson creatives, also counts a Martin | Williams stint on his resume. The creative also spent a few years at Fallon, where he helped create campaigns for Holiday Inn and United Airlines.

Who’s Replacing Dennis Ryan at Element 79? Here’s One Guess

We hear from the Spy line that Canice Neary is going to replace Dennis Ryan as creative lead at the agency. Ryan, if you remember, left for Olson in February and now that the somber reflection is over, we have been told by sources familiar with the matter that if reported, we wouldn’t be sued, so there you go.

Neary has been with the Chicago-based Element 79 for 10 years and has most recently held the title of SVP/GCD, so maybe he was next in line after all. No one is speaking on the record about, but once again, the magic 8 ball says “All signs point to yes.” Before his decade-long stint at Element 79, Neary worked for the likes of W+K and DDB NY.

Element79 Staffers Sing its Praises in 10th Anniversary Clip

Though he just split to become the first-ever CCO at Olson, Dennis Ryan seemed to have enjoyed his time at his former employer, Element79, saying it “has the best culture of any place I’ve ever worked with” in this clip. Apparently, most of the staff agrees in this six-minute testimonial to the agency called “Faces,” which celebrates E79′s 10th anniversary.

Despite the fond memories shared, the visual presentation and the spacey new-age music playing in the background give the video a dramatic, PSA-like quality and mutes the celebration a tad. Well, with their creative chief now headed up to Minneapolis, maybe it’s just better off this way.

Dennis Ryan Takes CCO Post at Olson

We’ve been hearing about Dennis Ryan‘s departure from Element 79 since the long weekend and now his next destination’s confirmed. Ryan, who had been with the the aforementioned Chicago-based shop for nearly a decade, is headed up to Minneapolis to take on the chief creative officer title at Olson. It’s a new position for Olson, which as we reported last week, promoted ECD Tom Fugleberg to chief brand officer.

Ryan, who spent the last several years as partner/CCO at Element 79, will relocate to to Minneapolis but will be spending one day a week “helping drive integration” at Olson’s Chicago office. Before Element 79, the 6’5″ Ryan spent a handful of years as an ECD at JWT, working on Dell, Blockbuster and Kraft business. Prior to that, he served as a creative for 13 years at DDB, moving up from copywriter to GCD during his tenure. In a statement, Olson CEO Kevin DiLorenzo says, “Dennis emerged quickly as a favorite in [the] CCO search. He has a sophisticated and polished creative sensibility, yet he embraces next-generation creativity.”