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Posts Tagged ‘Dina Howell’

Andy Murray Out at Saatchi & Saatchi X

If his LinkedIn wasn’t enough to confirm it, a phone call cemented the fact that Saatchi & Saatchi X chairman Andy Murray is no longer with the agency that he helped found nearly 12 years ago. Spies are claiming that Murray was “ousted” from his post (though his name and frame are still on the agency’s worldwide creative board page) and that we can expect more management transitions at X in the near future. But anyhow, it appears that Murray is now turning his attention to his Arkansas-based “entrepreneurial technology incubator” dubbed Mercury11.

In 2010, Murray was replaced by Walmart alum Dina Howell as CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi X, the shopper marketing divisi0n which was formerly known as Thompson Murray until it was acquired and re-branded by “The Lovemarks Company” in 2004.

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We Hear: Robert Thompson Out at Saatchi X

For those of you interesting in the shopper marketing sector, our last post of the day covers the apparent resignation of one Robert Thompson (PhD), who joined Publicis-owned Saatchi & Saatchi X last year as VP of research and technology. When we called the agency’s Arizona Arkansas office (gah, thanks Mr. Parker), we were told there was nobody by that name at X’s U.S. HQ or in its New York and Chicago offices. Hmm. Anyhow, Thompson arrived at the agency from MillerCoors Brewing in Chicago.

One tipster tells us that Thompson “is the 8th senior executive in the past year to leave his post” including former CEO Andy Murray,” who was replaced by one-time P&G exec Dina Howell last October.

Monday Odds and Ends

-IAB president/CEO Randall Rothenberg is leaving the organization on Jan. 17 to become chief digital officer at Time, Inc.

-Dina Howell was named worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi X. link

-SF-based Heat, which has been responsible for a few EA Sports ads as of late, promoted Warren Cockrel to its first-ever CD post.

-The Gulf oil spill was the top trend for 2010 on Twitter. link

-Not to be outdone, Google launched YouTube Trends (above) to keep on the latest viral vids. link

-In case you haven’t heard, Michael Bay‘s shop The Institute hired a dedicated ad sales team. link

-USA Today: The FTC’s proposed “do not track” could revolutionize online advertising. link

-Sarkissian Mason launched a new branding campaign for eMusic. link