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Staffing Changes at RPA, Arnold and More

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RPA hired Jason Tarantino as its newest VP/strategic planning director.

Tarantino is an agency veteran whose previous role was that of group planning director at TBWA’s Media Arts Lab. The release tells us that he “co-managed a team of more than 30 planners and researchers and directed strategy” on various Apple initiatives. Prior to that gig, he spent a year as SVP/GPD at the Martin Agency and more than two years as GPD at R/GA’s San Francisco office (his second stint with the agency).

He also worked as a senior strategist at W+K and spent several years as an independent contractor for various brands after beginning his agency career in Razorfish’s strategy department. Tarantino will report directly to David Berne, SVP and director of strategic planning, who writes that the hire “will further enhance RPA’s ability to unlevel the playing field for our clients.”

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Staffing Changes at DigitasLBi Chicago

DLBi-2C-VHere’s a quick round-up of some recent VP-level changes at DigitasLBi Chicago:

  • VP and Group Director of Creative Strategy Shelley Rees joined the agency after a stint at JWT.
  • SVP of Media Aaron Hoiles left Digitas; we have no word on his destination.
  • VP/Group Director of Project Management Charles Chung joined Digitas after serving as senior manager/program director at SapientNitro. He previously held senior project manager positions at Razorfish and Wunderman.

 

New Presidents at McCann Europe and DigitasLBi Boston-Detroit

pablo walkerThis week McCann Worldwide announced two C-level changes: Pablo Walker, formerly President of McCann Worldgroup Latin America & Caribbean, will now hold the same title for McCann Worldgroup Europe. Replacing him will be Fernando Fascioli, CEO of McCann Chile.

Walker has been with McCann for more than two decades; in citing his track record, CEO Harris Diamond writes, “As we look to Europe, the need for clients across the region to reach diverse populations economically and culturally will increase.”

DigitasLBi announced the promotion of EVP/Chief Solutions Officer Norman de Greve to President, Boston-Detroit. He succeeds Barbara Goose, who left to accept the role of CMO at Altisource, a technology and services firm.

de Greve will manage the growth of the 800-plus employee region while steering strategy for such clients as Cessna, General Motors, Lenovo and PUMA. He will report to North American CEO Tony Weisman.

NORTH Signs New CD; Tech VP Leaves DigitasLBI

Eric SamselPortland’s NORTH has hired Eric Samsel as its newest Creative Director. Prior to joining North, Samsel was a copywriter at W+K Portland for more than eight years, working on clients as diverse as Jeep, EA Sports, Coca-Cola and Nike (for which the shop won a Webby).

Samsel started his ad career at Portland’s JohnsonSheen. In his new role, he will handle work on existing campaigns for car-rack brand Yakima, outdoor gear maker Stanley and Anchor Brewing. Managing Director Rebecca Armstrong writes:

“With more than 16 years of experience in outdoor lifestyle brands, Eric’s experience makes him a perfect match for one of our core practices… Plus he is an exceptionally talented writer and a really nice bloke.”

Samsel will report to CCO Mark Ray.

In other agency people news, we can confirm that DigitasLBI VP/Director of Tech Jeff Kean will soon leave the agency for a spot on the roster of Omnicom’s CriticalMass. No word on details regarding his new position.

R/GA New York Hires Robyn Tombacher as SVP

tomacherThis week R/GA announced a new addition to its New York office: Robyn Tombacher will serve as SVP of business operations, global capacities.

Before joining R/GA, Tombacher spent twelve years with DigitasLBi and Publicis Groupe. Her most recent role was global operations director; she oversaw staffers at four internal agencies and also served as one of the founding members of Digitas Health and VIVA Women. Her specialties include “reducing agency and client inefficiency and establishing new models for collaboration and delivery.”

R/GA COO Stephen Plumlee writes:

“Her unique blend of expertise overseeing operations on a global scale will ensure that our capabilities are fully utilized to serve both new and existing clients.”