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ACD Dan Peters Leaves SapientNitro for AKQA

akqaA quick update to our post last week on ECD John Carstensdeparture from SapientNitro Chicago: it seems that ACD Dan Peters left the agency at approximately the same time.

Following a West Coast relocation, Peters now fills the same role at AKQA San Francisco.

While the agency has yet to comment, Peters’ LinkedIn page has him leaving Sapient earlier this month after serving as ACD for two and a half years and working on campaigns for clients Harley Davidson, McDonald’s, Dodge and others.

We know him primarily for sending us pics of Sapient’s then-new Chicago digs back in August 2012. We also note that his departure follows that of fellow ACD Jordan Polonsky, who now serves as creative director at Chicago-based mobile app development company Eight Bit Studios.

Updates when we get them.

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ECD Carstens Leaves SapientNitro Chicago

john carstensToday we confirmed via agency contacts and Twitter that John Carstens, formerly ECD at SapientNitro Chicago, is now a full-time freelancer.

In March 2011 we reported that Carstens had joined Sapient in Los Angeles after leaving Leo Burnett’s Windy City office at the beginning of the year.

Carsten’s LinkedIn page notes that he moved back to Chicago after serving as co-ECD in L.A. and that, during his time there, he tripled the size of the agency’s creative department (the office itself also underwent a significant renovation/expansion less than two years after he arrived).

Prior to joining Leo Burnett in 2008, Carstens spent time as a GCD/CD at DDB and Cramer Krasselt in Chicago; his agency history also includes stints writing copy at TBWA\Chiat\Day L.A. and New York’s Merkley + Partners.

We currently have little information about campaigns produced during Carstens’ tenure or the details surrounding his departure, but here’s a link to his portfolio.

Carstens Heads West to SapientNitro

It took two months, but the folks at SapientNitro have finally made it official that John Carstens, former global creative lead on Blackberry while at Leo Burnett Chicago, has joined up with the agency’s Los Angeles office as a CD.

In January, we reported that Carstens, along with Reed Collins and John Greene, had left Leo for various posts. During his whole, solid year at LB, SapientNitro’s new hire also contributed to clients such as Canon Australia and Nintendo. In his new role, Carstens will work alongside VP/CD Anthony Yell and oversee the creative process for SapienNitro’s West Coast clients such as Adobe, Bare Escentuals, and Sony. As for resume rundown, prior to his Leo Burnett gig, Carstens led Reebok and Wrigley accounts in the U.S. while at DDB Chicago and was once a CD at Cramer-Krasselt as well as a copywriter at TBWA\Chiat\Day LA.

Reed Collins, Others Leaving Leo

Once dubbed “Perth’s most awarded expat creative” by Campaign Brief, Reed Collins is “expat” no more as he’s heading back home to Australia to take on a “big creative leadership job” according to Leo Burnett Chicago, where Collins has spent the last several years as SVP/ECD.

Prior to joining Leo, Collins (right) basically crisscrossed the globe, working at agencies on four continents including Mojo & Partners in Sydney, TBWA\Hunt Lascaris in Johannesburg, Lowe Howard-Spink in London and the now-defunct Cliff Freeman & Partners in NYC. According to the 2001 Gunn Report, Collins’ Fox Sports TV campaign was the most-awarded worldwide that year.

Collins isn’t the only one leaving Leo Burnett as of late as John Carstens, who’d served as global creative lead on Blackberry during the course of 2010, is headed over to SapientNitro. Meanwhile, John Greene, who’s spent over three years at the agency as SVP/group planning director, is joining up with Translation. But as far as the tips telling us that Leo CDs Ryan Wagman (ex-CPB) and Nuno Ferrera are leaving for gigs at Groupon, the agency tells us that they “aren’t going anywhere.”

Update: Collins is going to be the national CCO of the Campaign Palace Australia starting in February.