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Wednesday Morning Stir

-Digital BrandWorks alum Joe Scartz has joined R/GA Chicago as managing director/client services.

-Eden Tsehaye, who most recently helped lead digital analytics at Best Buy, has joined Digitaria Minneapolis as manager/analytics.

-McCann London is promoting Subway’s £2 breakfast in a new campaign (above).

-L.A.-based production company Believe Media and animation company Moo Studios have joined forces and as a result, Moo and its roster will serve as a division of Believe for animation and motion graphics-oriented work, as well as post-production services.

-The Chicago American Marketing Association has named hometown experiential agency All Terrain, as its AOR and strategic marketing partner for a two-year term.

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Clemmons Out at Critical Mass

You may recall that nearly six weeks ago, we reported on more Critical Mass cuts, which also saw higher-ups in the Omnicom-owned digital agency’s Chicago office calling it quits including GM, Joe Scartz. Well, we also mentioned a president and now phone calls and the fact that his name has been taken off the leadership site have confirmed that CM Chicago prez Neil Clemmons is no longer with the agency.

Clemmons has departed from CM after nearly 14 years and last served as president/chief strategist. During his career, Clemmons spent well over a decade at Apple and a few years at 3Com before joining Critical Mass.

We Hear: Cuts at Critical Mass Yet Again?

Hmm, where have we heard this tune before? Since Tuesday, we’ve received multiple tips from various sources about, once again, layoffs at Critical Mass, with the numbers increasing with each passing day. On the tips timeline, it started on Feb. 5 with “More layoffs at Critical Mass Chicago” including “higher ups and ADs” then became more concrete yesterday morning with “Critical Mass – Chicago laid off 7 people yesterday.  Their GM and President both resigned last week” and finally culminated last night into, “Critical Mass let 19 people go from their Chicago, Los Angeles and London offices.”

Unfortunately, just like on previous attempts, we’ve hit a wall in terms of getting any sort of comment or clarification on the matter from the folks at the Omnicom-owned digital agency (a spokesperson did tell us once last year that CM “cannot comment on employment specifics in any office”). As far as Critical Mass Chicago GM Joe Scartz, we’ve been told he left as of last week, though we’re double-checking on this. Since the agency’s keeping quiet for now, we’ll let the tipsters and/or comment thread serve as CM’s voice until we hear further.