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The Search is Over: Draftfcb Finds New Global CEO in Carter Murray

As you may have heard by now, Draftfcb has perhaps made George Parker‘s day by finding a replacement for Laurence Boschetto in Carter Murray, a 38-year-old Brit who will now take over as CEO of Draftfcb Worldwide. Murray (pictured), who remains based in NYC, joins DFCB after spending a year-plus as president/CEO of Y&R North America. During his career, the rather young exec spent four years as CMO/worldwide account director on Nestle while at Publicis, where he also served as a member of said agency’s executive committee.

Now, with a little weight off his shoulders perhaps, Michael Roth, chairman/CEO of Draftfcb parent company, IPG, says of his new hire,”We’re very pleased to welcome Carter in this key role at an important time for Draftfcb. He understands consumer advertising and brands, has demonstrated the ability to motivate diverse teams and raise the quality of creative work, nurture client relationships and win global business. This combination of skills and experience in a dynamic new leader is what the agency needs in order to evolve its integrated model and drive growth.”

As for Boschetto, who spent four years at the helm at Draftfcb and will stay on through a transitional period and then serve as a senior advisor to IPG, Roth adds, “We thank Laurence for his contributions to our search for his successor and to the agency, including a consistent and high level of operational and financial delivery. We wish him well in his ongoing industry activity, particularly in the area of diversity and inclusion, where we will continue to work together.”

Though the transition is now underway, Murray’s official start state is still to be determined. Meanwhile, Y&R didn’t wait long to fill the void, having welcomed former VML CEO Matt Anthony as its new North American chief exec. AdAge has the full-court press on all things Murray and his arrival at Draftfcb. Read on.

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Interplanetary Looks Ahead With Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Interplanetary, the Soho agency created by Ogilvy, G2 and Wunderman alums, is now open for business (sorta fun fact: the agency’s western “satellite” office is headed up by Chris Parker, son of George Parker, hence his spacesuit shot to your left).

The first work from the startup is a new campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and in the 60-second spot below (directed by Rick Knief), agency and client ask potential donors and supporters to imagine the day when cancer will be cured. The premise is compelling enough to stand out from typical medical commercials. Many of us have been affected in some way by cancer, and the day we find a cure, whenever that may be, will surely stick in our memories for as long as we live.

As for the spot, it’s melancholic and emotional, narrated by the deep, soothing voice of cancer survivor and Dexter star, Michael C. Hall.

Check out a 30-second clip from the campaign after the jump.

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Despite Victors & Spoils’ Efforts, DW+H Sticking with Existing Name…for Now

We were forwarded this note late Friday, one which George Parker also happened to cover on Adscam at that time. In case you missed it, let us apprise you that a few months’ worth of work on Victors & Spoils’ part appears to have all been for naught according a note sent agency-wide from creative directors, Kate McQuail and Noah Clark.  If you recall, last August, the Boulder-based crowdsourcing advocates at V&S were tapped by Santa Monica-based agency, DonatWald+Haque, for a re-branding effort (“renaming invitation” intro video above).

Well, five months later, after presenting thousands of potential new names, McQuail and Clark have broken the sad news to the V&S community that DW+H ultimately did not select a winner. Still, despite the latter’s diss of sorts, we hesitate to proclaim it “the final nail in the coffin” for V&S like Parker, though as Chris Farley once said, it’s probably ” gonna leave a mark.” But why say more when you can just read the full aforementioned note, which also mentions a few money-winning DW+H ideas, after the jump.

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Aaaand, McCann CEO Nick Brien is Out, Diamond is In

Well, Noreen at Adweek‘s trigger-finger was admittedly faster than ours at day’s end as she is indeed reporting what tipsters have been telling us since around 5-ish, that McCann Worldgroup CEO Nick Brien is no longer with the agency. As Adweek, George Parker and others have been buzzing about, Brien’s job status (along with Draftfcb boss Laurence Boschetto‘s) has been in doubt as of late, and recent comments made by Michael Roth, chairman/CEO of parent company IPG, didn’t really soothe matters. Brien had held his title as Worldgroup chairman/chief exec since April 2010 after serving as CEO of IPG’s Mediabrands.

Replacing Brien as McCann Worldgroup’s CEO is Harris Diamond, who most recently served as chairman/CEO of IPG’s Constituency Management Group. Says Roth in a statement, “Harris understands the business needs of global CEOs, across a range of industries. He has a proven track record of effectively managing a portfolio of agencies and growing the top line. He has created a strong culture of collaboration, which is increasingly key in a marketing landscape that requires integration of services. And he brings a deep knowledge of McCann in light of the alignment between Worldgroup and a number of the agencies within CMG, such as Weber Shandwick and FutureBrand.”

Along with Diamond’s appointment, IPG has given Luca Lindner and Gustavo Martinez, McCann Worldgroup president, Americas and Worldgroup president, Europe, respectively, more responsibilities with the former adding Middle East and Africa responsibilities (something he’s familiar with)and the latter, Asia-Pacific.

Thursday Odds and Ends


-Clear Channel Outdoor Americas has welcomed Comcast alum Vicki Lins as EVP/chief marketing officer.

-Montreal-based VFX house Rodeo FX, which focuses primarily on big-budget Hollywood films, has launched an advertising division and hired André Ü Montambeault as creative director/senior flame artist/colorist.

-Have you been Starbugged yet? We’re not sure what we just saw in the end result, but it’s a Facebook app/ode to Starbucks that was created by Amsterdam shop, Achtung. link

-DDB NY and Carat tell the kids out there to speak up if you see bullying in a new PSA for the Ad Council (above).

-In the wake of the Nike/Lance Armstrong fallout, George Parker has a request for W+K. link

-Yes, Google is probably facepalming this afternoon. link

-Susan Kim-Kirkland was promoted to CEO of JWT Canada. link

Monday Morning Stir

-Best Buy founder Richard Schulze has offered to buy out the company. link

-Curvin O’Reilly, copywriter and original “Mad Man,” passed away late last Friday. Here’s Tom Messner‘s eulogy. link

-Arc Worldwide/Leo Burnett alum Jeremy Gilberto joined RT+P as art director on Dial for Men, Century 21 and Planet Fitness.

-Publicis Groupe is denying IPG acquisition talks. link

-Apparently, these are the “50 sexiest advertising executives alive.” link

-Ladies and gentlemen, Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, now in bling form with his Gillette Pro-Glide razor (above). His grill and accessory are part of the “Get Started” campaign from BBDO NY. link

Thursday Odds and Ends

-SapientNitro D.C. alum Kathleen Crotty has joined R/GA Chicago as group account director on Capital One.

-Popcorn brand Jolly Time has tapped Kansas City’s Bernstein-Rein to handle creative, media buying/planning and strategy/account planning. In addition, the brand handed PR and social media strategy/outreach responsibilities to Minneapolis shop, Haberman.

-Klaus Heesch, who was part of the creative team involved with Audi’s award-winning “Art of the Heist” and wrote the only music in The Blair Witch Project, joined The Gate Worldwide as senior digital creative director.

-McGarryBowen NY has now joined P&G’s agency roster as it’s been named lead creative agency for the corporate giant’s Aussie hair care line.

-The Facebook pages of the Yankees, Cubs and a host of other MLB teams got hacked today. Enjoy the hilarity. link

-Following a review, account firm O’Connor Davies, LLP tapped NYC-based Canopy Brand Group for a brand development assignment that includes web redesign and corporate ads.

-It’s made the rounds, but W+K NY’s ad for Southern Comfort starring a tanned, assured, Speedo-wearing stud is worth another look.

-George Parker explains why Apple’s advertising is “suddenly an unmitigated disaster.” link

-The Ad Council will bestow its 59th Annual Public Service Award upon AT&T president/CEO Randall Stephenson this November at the Waldorf.

Welcome to the Rock n’ Rolling, Wall-Free World That is DFCB Chicago

Our friend (we think?) George Parker, who is perhaps the biggest fan of Draftfcb, turned us on to this intern recruitment tool for the agency’s Chicago hub that begs the question, “Does this look like the agency you’ve always wanted to work for?” Before you answer immediately, take a gander at the clip first and get a snapshot into its culture. Apparently, guitars, drums, but maybe not cowbell are a welcome addition to the paid internship, which will run from June 4-August 10. Click here if interested.

Here’s a Quick Update on the W+K Building

Earlier in the Morning Stir, we linked to Stephen Foster‘s blog post that briefly mentioned the selling of W+K’s Portland HQ for $65 million, which then caused folks like George Parker to wonder if this meant the agency was closing. But like Foster himself noted, W+K is indeed staying put. Here’s a quick note the agency just sent to us that should clarify things:

“Yes in fact the W+K building was sold.  But the building was not owned by the agency.  It was owned by a group of investors.  It was sold to a real estate group who owns most of the real estate in the neighborhood.

W+K is the sole tenant and we have signed a very long term lease.  Nothing will change.  We aren’t moving!”


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Just So We’re Clear on the Goodby/Chevy Relationship

For some reason, Bob Marshall’s piece yesterday on the Mother work for Chevy was misconstrued by some, including our old pal George Parker, who as we all know is never one to pull punches and once again, he didn’t disappoint. Parker and a few others (but NOT the actual commenters) interpreted Bob’s post as some sort of death knell for the Goodby/Chevy relationship, though it was really anything but.

It was meant to provide some background on Chevy’s agency relationships and recent related events before eventually segueing into the focal point of the post, which was Mother’s actual work for the automaker. Anyhow, to put you all at ease, though this shouldn’t have really been an issue in the first place (or warranted a response for that matter), we’ll tell you first and foremost that Goodby is still Chevrolet’s main agency.

Chevy’s work with Mother is strictly a digital assignment around the Centennial, though  Goodby also got a digital assignment promoting the same thing, which will break next week.  According to sources, Mother’s work is more “historical”; Goodby’s is “personalized and tech-forward.” Goodby still has all the brand work, not to mention this Centennial project (there will also be a Centennial TV spot launching the week of the World Series).

Now, if everyone actually read Bob’s initial post in the first place (like most commenters seemed to have), we wouldn’t have had to waste your time with this follow-up. Carry on.