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Changes in Creative at Saatchi & Saatchi New York

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Today we learned that some staffing changes have indeed occurred at Saatchi & Saatchi New York this week.

To continue in the passive voice: it is true that a small number of employees, most of whom worked in the creative department, are no longer with the agency as of yesterday. Today a tipster tells us that the number was 14-16 and that more departments may be affected as well.

We do suspect that this shuffling of the desks may have something to do with the recent appointment of Jay Benjamin, who left his position as CCO at Leo Burnett New York to join the Publicis sister agency in May. That move came less than a year after Brent Smart took the reins as CEO in November 2013.

The new team’s ultimate strategy remains unclear, but it will almost certainly not involve more cats, be they grumpy or not.

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Jay Benjamin Jumps to Saatchi & Saatchi as CCO

Jay BenjaminJay Benjamin has left Leo Burnett to fill the chief creative officer role at sister shop Saatchi & Saatchi, Adweek reports.

The transition should be smooth for Benjamin, with no shift in title and a move to a larger Publicis-owned agency. Benjamin joined Leo Burnett as an executive creative director for the Sydney office in 2008 and has held the chief creative officer title for the last four years. His work for the agency includes the Cannes Lion winning “New York Writes Itself” for the Village Voice. Prior to Leo Burnett, Benjamin served as executive creative director at J. Walter Thompson. He has worked for Saatchi & Saatchi before, as creative group head Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand and Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney, respectively. He begins his new role on April 21st.

Chobani Indeed Picks Leo Burnett as AOR

Jeez, it took long enough. Nearly three weeks after tipsters first told us that Leo Burnett’s New York office picked up the Chobani account, it’s finally been made official. The recently opened NY office, which is led by CCO Jay Benjamin, MD Tom Flanagan and director of strategy Jumana Abu-Ghazaleh, beat out the likes of Arnold and Grey and picks up the top-selling yogurt brand’s biz from Gotham (example of the NY shop’s work here). Chobani founder/CEO Hamdi Ulukaya says in a statment, “”We chose Leo Burnett New York because they understand the importance of authentic engagement and the necessity to constantly evolve a brand while keeping it true to its roots.”