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Leo/CM Alum Clifton Finally Official at Burrell

Well, it only took about five months, but Burrell Communications has finally confirmed that Robert Clifton has rejoined the agency as EVP, executive creative director. If you remember, back in January, we reported that Clifton and EVP/chief growth officer Don Kvam both left Campbell Mithun for their own reasons.

In his new post at Burrell’s Chicago office, Clifton will serve as ECD primarily on the McDonald’s and Toyota accounts. He originally worked at the agency as a group creative director back in the early aughts before spending the majority of his agency career (15 years) at Leo Burnett, where he was SVP, senior creative director.

In addition to making Clifton official, Burrell added Karen McDowell as VP, group account director on P&G’s Pantene, Clairol and Crest brands and Maria Moffitt as VP, group account director on Olay and CoverGirl.

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Campbell Mithun Loses Two Agency Leads

We’ve received confirmation that two Campbell Mithun higher-ups, Don Kvam and Robert Clifton, Jr. (right), have left the agency for different reasons.

Kvam was basically a CM lifer, having spent nearly 30 years at the agency and serving as its EVP/chief growth officer for the last three. During his tenure, he was an account leader on General Mills, Alberto Culver and Unilever. We’ve been told that he’s simply moving on to “pursue other opportunities,” though we all know that could mean anything.

Clifton Jr.’s reason for leaving on the other hand is a bit more clear as he’s now headed to Chicago to serve as EVP/ECD at Burrell Communications, where he was once a CD in the early aughts. The creative had just celebrated his fourth anniversary at Campbell Mithun, where he was an ECD on accounts including Land O’Lakes and Famous Footwear. Before joining CM, Clifton Jr. founded his own firm, Artificial, and spent several years as a senior CD at Leo Burnett.