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Tuesday Morning Stir

-Well over nine months after BBH New York parted ways with CEO Greg Andersen as part of a restructuring, the exec (above) has found a new gig as managing director of RAPP LA. link

-Campbell Soup has appointed 12-year vet Ed Carolan as president, U.S. Retail and Tim Hassett as SVP/GM, Away from Home, and chief customer officer of Campbell North America. We’ve been told this reorganization involved some layoffs. We’re checking in. link

-Bi-coastal prodco/post house humble as added director Jerry Simpson to its roster.

-Cheil U.K. has promoted managing director Matt Pye to the role of chief operating officer.

-The Mill has welcomed executive producer Jo Arghiris to its Los Angeles VFX team.

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BBH Finally Finds New North American CEO

It took six months and change, but BBH has finally selected a new CEO for North America in Patrick Lafferty, who joins said agency after spending two-and-a-half years at McCann and the last 18 months as its North American COO. Lafferty replaces Greg Andersen, who was one of those affected by BBH’s major “restructuring” last fall. Lafferty, who will officially assume his CEO title at BBH this summer and based out of its New York office, rounds out a leadership team that includes CCO John Patroulis, CSO Sarah Watson and chairman, Emma Cookson.

Lafferty’s soon-to-be boss, BBH Group CEO Gwyn Jones, says in a statement, “Patrick has a really calm authority and such a rich body of experience. He has seen and done a lot both within and beyond our industry – embracing client side, media ownership and the military. We have great strategic and creative strength in the business, and I think Pat will bring outstanding leadership to that offering. On top of all that – I think he is just a great person.”

As you’d expect, Lafferty, who was, yes, a former platoon leader/company commander in the U.S. Army, will be tasked with running both BBH New York, which of course handles Axe and now Playstation, and L.A., which services clients including Red Bull. During his career, the exec has also worked on the account side at Leo Burnett and as CMO at Travel Channel.

Here is the Full Statement Regarding BBH NY Cuts

Well, here we go and thank you for the full disclosure. Two days after first addressing the issue, it’s come to pass at BBH as its New York office is undergoing “restructuring.” Here’s the full note from Gwyn Jones, CEO of BBH Group that landed in our inbox from the agency’s U.K. hub. And yes, Greg Andersen (left) is no longer with BBH.

“We have had a very up and down year in New York.  Some real breakthroughs and creative highs for clients like AXE, Google, Cole Haan, UNICEF and our recent appointment to The Weather Channel Companies, all under the creative leadership of John Patroulis – coupled with some real challenges on the business side: the loss of Sprite earlier in the year, and some unexpected and significant volatility recently in revenues from existing clients.

In this context we think it is the right time to push ahead with a restructuring of the business, reflecting the need all agencies face to keep their cost base as variable as possible, and as part of this, we will be forced to announce a number of redundancies.  We are not disclosing the number of people affected but, given these circumstances, CEO Greg Andersen, who helped evolve BBH into an agency built for the modern media landscape, has volunteered to resign and pursue other opportunities that have been presented to him, and we have accepted his resignation.  Furthermore, as part of the wider restructure, Managing Director Richard Stainer is shortly set to return to the UK where he is in in talks with the London office about a role.

We are extremely fortunate to have, in our Chairman Emma Cookson, someone who has been at the agency in New York since it opened its doors 14 years ago and who is uniquely equipped to bring continuity and to partner with John and Chief Strategy Officer Sarah Watson in leading the agency forward.

Obviously you never want to have to announce job losses, and those impacted by this news are not just colleagues but friends and valued members of the BBH family.  We will do our best to help them find new positions in New York and throughout the BBH network.  But this is advertising and we live in particularly uncertain times.  We will dust ourselves down, we believe this move will make us stronger.”

We Hear: BBH NY’s Andersen In or Out?

If we can break into Seinfeld mode for a second, what’s the deal when you don’t get a flat-out “yea” or “nay,” whether on or off the record, from agencies instead of the “no comment on speculation” horseshit in regards to people moves? Bitter, honest, sometimes asinine comments that flood our thread aside, it’s just us here talking and this question has haunted us since the days that AgencySpy was dancing around obelisks. Anyhow, for the last several days, we’ve been hearing word from multiple sources that Greg Andersen‘s status as CEO of BBH New York is in question, as is that of several NY staffers at the agency.

Regarding either, we finally received word back, first from the PR firm that is apparently “in the dark” and next, from BBH’s comms HQ in London, which, wait for it, said that the agency cannot “comment on any speculation around certain staff at BBH in New York at the moment.” With most agencies we have a good rapport with, we get straightforward answers, you know, like “yes,” “no,” “don’t attribute to us or we’ll hunt you down”; with others, the ambiguity/mystery will subsist. C’est la vie. Anyhow, Andersen (pictured) has been with BBH NY for 6.5 years, moving up from managing director to CEO in early 2010. Prior to that, the exec has worked on the account/strategy side at the likes of Merkley + Partners and Lowe New York.

BBH NY Finally Finds Roddy Replacement

We were wondering why John Patroulis (right) was left off the current leadership roster at agencytwofifteen when we just posted about the SF shop’s rebranding. Turns out the former 215 co-ECD/partner had another, possibly bigger gig in mind, that being taking on the chief creative officer role at BBH New York.

With Patroulis on board, BBH NY officially ends its seemingly infinite search for someone to replace Kevin Roddy, who resigned from his CCO post last September and headed the other way to take over at Publicis & Hal Riney last month. Patroulis, who had stints at TBWA\Chiat\Day and was a GCD at Fallon during his career, will have a deputy CCO by his side at BBH, namely Calle Sjoenell, who is being promoted from ECD.

BBH New York CEO Greg Andersen does the usual gushing in a statement, saying, “John represents everything we were looking for in our creative leadership. He has incredibly progressive views on building modern brands and the modern agency, coupled with a diligent care for the craft that separates good work from great work. I’m honored to have John come onboard at BBH New York as my partner, not just because of his work but because he is such a high character guy.”

 

BBH Will Sweat for Japan All Day and Night

In response to the recent natural disasters that befell Japan, BBH’s offices worldwide are set to undertake a 24-hour “jog/cycle/row-athon” to raise money for the victims of the tragedies.

On April 14, BBH staff in New York, London, Singapore, Mumbai, Shanghai and Sao Paulo will workout in shifts for the entire day, with the hardcore sweat festivals streamed live online from each of the six offices. Participants will include chairman Emma Cookson, strategy director Heidi Hackemer, and CEO Greg Andersen (whose own shifts will kick-off and end the marathon).

“There are bigger things we can do together than make ads,” Andersen says in a statement. “What has happened, and is happening, in Japan keeps that in clear perspective.” Last year, BBH London held a similar event for charity and raised £17,000. Donations can be made to the event’s website here, where you can watch all the action take place starting at 12 a.m. EDT on Thursday. Currently, the only live video feed is from New York, so you might as well take in that nice skyline with the Empire State Building while you’re at it.