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MDC/KBS+P, Faris Yakob Are Indeed Parting Ways

Well, looks like the Adweek report from earlier this afternoon was true, though our sources stop short of confirming anything related to contract renewals, etc. But yes, we have received confirmation from those in the know that MDC/KBS+P chief innovation officer Faris Yakob is indeed leaving the agency. No timetable has been set for his departure, but Yakob’s duties will be absorbed by the management team. From what sources familiar with the matter tell us, Yakob’s departure marks a new phase at MDC/KBS+P, which now believes it’s everyone’s job at the agency to “drive the culture of innovation.”

During his time within the MDC/KBS+P fold, Yakob also founded its in-house creative technology boutique, Spies & Assassins.  Prior to his most recent gig, the departing exec/regular speaker served as EVP, chief technology strategist at McCann and has worked at the likes of OMD and Naked during his career.

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Friday Odds and Ends

-Fresh off of a logo overhaul, Wendy’s CMO Craig Bahner proclaims that Chipotle and Five Guys are among the “new standard” when it comes to “fast casual dining.”

-Speaking of overhauls, USA Today wants to make the ad experience of its digital component “less Internet-like.” link

-BBH ECD Ari Weiss discusses the well-received Axe “Susan Glenn” campaign. link

-Coca-Cola reportedly is interesting in investing in Spotify. link

-LinkedIn unveiled a global study of the “20 most desired employers” with the obvious big dogs at the top and Ogilvy at #18. link

-We don’t know what to make of the video above, which landed in our tips box a little while ago, but try and make it through the whole two minutes. Sorry to start your weekend this way. link

-While we’re on the holiday theme, we guess, Canadian audio production studio Apollo has launched a holiday pop-up store filled with original, seasonal tunes. Guess it’s never too early. link

 

Tuesday Odds and Ends

-Interbrands released its 13th annual “Best Global Brands” report. Surprise, Apple’s not #1. link

-Former AKQA SF senior UX designer Charlene Zvolanek has joined Team One as director of experience design.

-The dress worn by Progressive’s “Flo” (above) is not only selling¬†on eBay for a good cause, but the insurance spokeswoman is adding more to her mantle, having been inducted this week into the Madison Avenue Advertising “Walk of Fame.”

-MDC chief innovation officer Faris Yakob sits down with Yahoo to discuss the future of advertising. link

-Our old pal Matt O’Rourke is looking for writing ideas, y’all. link

-Have you seen Target’s “Amazing” training videos yet? link

-In case you missed it during all the Advertising Week kickoff hijinks last night, Microsoft Advertising unveiled its Windows 8 Ads in Apps concepts with agency partners. link

 

And Finally, Your ADC Advertising/Integrated Juries

We promise to keep this short, but since you were all clamoring for it, we might as well give you the rundown of the Advertising and Integrated juries for the 91st Annual ADC Awards. You have already received notice that Natalie Lam and 72andSunny’s John Boiler were jury chairs for Interactive and Advertising, respectively, but after the jump, you can check out the full jury roster for the latter category as well as Integrated. We’re sure there are some names you might recognize (Ian & Scott–ok, we’ve now been told that the former of the dynamic duo is not able to participate, Faris, etc.)

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CLIO Awards Final Deadline = Today

Quick reminder folks that today is the final day to enter into the 2011 Clio Awards. Will we see a reappearance of Best in Show star John Michael Higgins at the ceremony this year? Well, we’re thinking not, but this year’s awards has another interesting list of jury chairs including RGA SVP/ECD Richard Ting manning Interactive, Goodby ECD Erik Vervroegen on Print/OOH/Innovative/Direct Mail and one Faris Yakob running the Content & Contact/Integrated Campaign jury.

Judging by how much love you all showed Yakob a few months back, we can only imagine how good you feel about the CLIOs appointment. On their Facebook page, the folks behind the show posted a link to a video featuring a different presentation from the KBS+P chief innovation officer. Enjoy.

Watch Faris Yakob’s BDW Presentation Fall Flat

Well, we haven’t seen an audience reaction like this since David Brent gave his rousing monologue about the Coventry conference, but here we have the thrilling conclusion of a presentation at the “Making Digital Work” event by Faris Yakob, who is now working in planning/strategy within the MDC umbrella–specifically KBP+S. During this clip, Yakob tries to make the funny to no avail and takes credit for coining the term “Digital Ninja” after playing the now-famous animated clip created by McCann’s Mat Bisher and Jason Schmalls. But why keep hyping it? Watch the digital guru blow away the audience, which looks like they’re halfway into an Ambien-induced coma.