TVNewser Show TVNewser TVSpy LostRemote SocialTimes AllFacebook FishbowlNY FishbowlDC PRNewser 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Gill Duff’

There’s a New Head of BBDO Atlanta

BBDO ATL

This morning we confirmed a changing of the guard atop the BBDO Atlanta roster.

Gill Duff, who took over as President/CEO less than two years ago, has left the agency. He will be succeeded, as of next Monday, by Drew Panayiotou.

Panayiotou himself is new to the agency world; he most recently served as SVP of US marketing at Best Buy, and his career includes stints leading in-house marketing and media buying/strategy teams at several major brands including Walt Disney, Coca-Cola, Hershey and Kodak.

He starts on the 14th, and his title will also be President/CEO.

Mediabistro Course

Storytelling for Media Professionals

Storytelling for Media ProfessionalsStarting April 22, this in-person workshop will teach you the specific ways to incorporate storytelling into your personal and professional life. Students will examine the role of storytelling in business and put their newfound skills into practice with a series of improvisation, writing, and presentation exercises designed to help them uncover personal stories. Register now! 

Chris Hall Resurfaces at SapientNitro

Nearly a year after resigning as president/CEO at BBDO Atlanta for what we were told at the time were “personal reasons,” Chris Hall is back in the mix, landing at SapientNitro to serve as managing director of its Southeast region, which covers Miami and Atlanta. Hall spent nearly 14 years serving as BBDO Atlanta boss, leading client work for AT&T, Capital One and ING (he was eventually succeeded by Gill Duff in May). Prior to BBDO, Hall spent 13 years at JWT Atlanta, where he eventually wound up as a senior partner.

As for his new gig, Hall will remain based in the ATL and will help develop and execute SapientNitro strategy as part of the idea engineers’ North American leadership team. Sapient president/CEO Alan J. Herrick provides this statement regarding the newest hire that’s equal parts complimentary and self-congratulatory: “Chris is just one more example of a seasoned executive who joins SapientNitro, inspired by our view of the future and what we’re building. Having dedicated his career to helping brands tell their stories, Chris recognized that SapientNitro is doing more than any other agency to redefine how stories are told for today’s always-on consumer.”

BBDO Atlanta Picks Up Carter’s Biz

Well, it looks like new BBDO Atlanta president/CEO Gill Duff is getting right down to business. Just a few weeks after being named the head of the network’s office down south, Duff has already announced a new account win, that being baby/children’s apparel brand Carter’s. From what we’ve been told, BBDO Atlanta is the first national creative agency partner for Carter’s, which made its choice following a review. We’ve obtained a memo that Duff sent to staff yesterday afternoon regarding the win, which you can read if you’d like after the jump.

Read more

Pearce Out at BBDO ATL

Well, two weeks after first hearing about it on the Spy line, BBDO finally confirms that Bobby Pearce, CCO of its Atlanta office, will be leaving the agency effective June 1 to pursue “entrepreneurial endeavors.” Pearce, who has spent the last two-and-a-half years as CCO in the ATL, will in essence be replaced by a creative team that includes ECDs Heather Gorman, Cabot Norton and Jeff Spillane, who have now been promoted to SVPs at the agency. As of now, BBDO Atlanta has no plans to name a new CCO.

Anyhow, Gorman and Spillane, an art director/copywriting team, respectively, joined the agency three years ago from CP+B and have since worked on campaigns for AT&T and the Florida Department of Citrus. Meanwhile, Norton moved down to Atlanta from Atmosphere BBDO in New York in 2010. Along with the creative changes, BBDO Atlanta has confirmed that Catrina McAuliffe, director of behavioral planning, will be leaving to join another agency. Her last day will be June 8.

Whew, it’s been a busy May to say the least at BBDO Atlanta as this latest news comes just two weeks after it was announced that Gill Duff was taking over as the agency’s president/CEO.

(image l-r: Spillane, Gorman, Norton)

Duff Takes Over as Prez/CEO at BBDO Atlanta

It’s been a busy week for BBDO as the agency follows up the Hewlett-Packard PC account win (a bounce-back, we suppose, following the Bank of America loss) with the news that Gill Duff has been appointed as the new president and CEO of its Atlanta office. BBDO told staff in the ATL branch this morning about the arrival of Duff, who has spent the last three years as global business director at DDB Worldwide, to be exact.

The new Atlanta chief exec succeeds Chris Hall, who left the agency at the beginning of the year for “personal reasons.” As for Duff, his new role will have him oversee a BBDO office that houses 250+ staffers and counts clients including AT&T, Bayer, Florida Department of Citrus and the Georgia Lottery. Before his stint at DDB, Duff spent nearly five years as CEO of Publicis New York. This actually marks the exec’s second tour of duty at BBDO, his first being a year-long stint at SVP/senior account director on FedEx account at the network’s New York office.

Duff will officially assume his new post at BBDO Atlanta on May 21.