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Smart Takes Over as Saatchi NY CEO

brentsmartWe first started hearing about this a couple of weeks ago and now it’s official that Durk Barnhill, who’s spent the last year-plus as CEO at Saatchi & Saatchi New York, will no longer hold the title at the agency as he’s now moving into the role of business development director on Saatchi & Saatchi’s global transformation team. Barnhill, who will also help build the digital capability within the Saatchi network, will be succeeded by 39-year-old Aussie native Brent Smart (pictured), who has served as worldwide managing director of the New York office for two years (with an initial focus on the General Mills biz).

In a statement, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide CEO and Mr. Lovemarks himself, Kevin Roberts, says, “Brent has a record as an outstanding agency leader, a strategic and eloquent contributor in our boardroom, and a fearless producer of work that is equally creative and commercial.” Prior to Saatchi, Smart spent two years as managing director at BBDO San Francisco. During his career, the new Saatchi NY CEO served as MD for several years at Auckland-based Colenso BBDO and worked on the account side at M&C Saatchi Sydney and Melbourne early on.

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Jenkins Takes Helm as TAXI NY President

Nearly two months after introducing us to a very creepy character for Movember, the folks at WPP-owned TAXI have announced that David Jenkins has assumed the role as president of their New York office. The new prez joins said agency from KBS+, KBS+P or whatever it’s calling itself nowadays, where he spent the last three-plus years as chief integration officer. In his new role at TAXI, meanwhile, Jenkins will work on new business efforts and with the agency’s existing client roster including Viagra, Burger King, Boston Pizza, Capital One and Kraft.

Prior to KBS+, Jenkins had a brief stint (seven months) as chief of brand growth & innovation at McCann but spent the majority of his ad career on the client services side at TBWA\Chiat\Day NY, where he also served as head of new business while working with clients including Kmart, McDonald’s and Orbitz. In addition, the new TAXI NY exec served as executive group director at BBH for two years.

Jenkins, who officially starts at TAXI NY today, replaces Durk Barnhill, who left for Saatchi NY back in August.