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Hoffman to Leave Hoffman/Lewis

After two decades-plus of co-running Bay Area operation Hoffman/Lewis, Bob Hoffman, aka the @AdContrarian is calling it quits, saying in a statement and perhaps is eyeying appointment to the papacy, according to this statement: “I just celebrated my 40th year in the agency business, and it’s time for a change. It’s better to leave 5 minutes too soon than 5 minutes too late. It’s time to reevaluate my professional life. That’s fancy business talk for ‘do something else.’”

Hoffman continues, “The agency has grown almost 30% in the past year, and it’s nice to be able to leave on an up note. I haven’t decided what I’ll do next, but I plan to continue my writing and speaking about advertising. Also, I understand there’s a job opening at the Vatican.”

Hoffman formed his San Francisco-based agency–which has lost its share of notable staffers in recent months–in 1991 alongside Roger Lewis, who subsequently retired in 2004. The departing exec will be succeeded by 19-year agency vet Josh Nichol on April 1 at Hoffman/Lewis, which counts clients including USC, Toyota and McDonald’s.

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Krinsky Indeed Resigns from Hoffman/Lewis and Here’s the Memo

To follow up on yesterday’s We Hear item regarding Sharon Krinsky, we have received word from Bob Hoffman himself that the exec has indeed resigned from her president/CCO post at Hoffman/Lewis and will officially call it a day on Dec. 31 (she actually put in notice on Nov. 30). Succeeding Krinsky in the president position on Jan. 1 will be current EVP/general manager Josh Nichol, who has been with the San Francisco agency since the mid-90′s.  Here are a few excerpts from Krinsky’s farewell memo to staff:

“ …After many wonderful years, I have decided to leave Hoffman/Lewis…

My official end date will be December 31st. I have decided that I’d like to be a mom again for a while. I left advertising once before for a year and frankly, I liked the hell out of it.

My oldest son.. is going off to college next year and I’d like to get to know him before he leaves home. My younger son… is reaching teen-hood and I’d like to experience first hand at least one of my boys growing into a man.

It has been a wonderful 20 years here at Hoffman/Lewis. I am proud that we have been able to take a little agency from Oakland and grow it into one of the largest and finest independent agencies in the West.

As you know, we have a wonderful management group and Josh will be taking over my role as President.

On a personal note, I want to thank you all for your remarkable work on the agency’s behalf. And I also want to thank you for your friendship…

I have met some of my favorite people in the world in the corridors of Hoffman/Lewis. And I take with me 20 years of warm and happy memories. I am fortunate and grateful to have grown up in the H/L family.

I wish you nothing but the greatest success and happiness.