Details are scant at this point, but we’ve been told by sources familiar with that Havas Worldwide, which has just appointed Propane alum Laura Maness as its U.S. chief growth officer and reported revenue growth, has cut approximately two percent of its staff across departments in its New York office. The “realignment” phrase comes into play and we’re getting approximate numbers ranging from 10-15. Our sources say that there are approximately 500 staffers in the NY office, which works with clients including GSK, Merck and IBM.
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It appears that the new year has heralded quite the leadership blow-up at San Francisco/Brooklyn-based digital agency Propane Studio. Sources familiar with the matter confirm that CEO Steven Brisson, who had been with the shop for nearly two years, and SVP, business development Laura Maness, who joined Propane from Draftfcb SF barely nine months ago, are among the C-suite folks who have tuned in their resignation as of late. From what we’re hearing on the Spy line, those who’ve left were at odds with some of the Propane partners’ recent decisions as well as the future direction of the agency.
Prior to taking on the CEO gig at Propane, Brisson, who also works in commercial/editorial photography, spent some time as ECD at Acquity Group and served as president/CCO at Black Dog Interactive. Maness, meanwhile, spent over two years as director of biz dev at Draftfcb SF and worked in the same department at Wunderman during her career.
Propane, which works with clients including Intel, Hitachi, Kaiser Permanente and Sega, has yet to officially comment on the matter.
After spending two-plus years as VP, director of business development for Draftfcb’s San Francisco office, Laura Maness is heading to another Bay Area operation, namely Propane Studio to serve as SVP, director of biz dev. Billed as a “full-service digital advertising agency,” Propane has worked with the likes of Intel, CNN, Audi and Pandora according to its work list. Prior to DFCB, Maness spent nearly two years on the biz dev side at Wunderman.
According to tipsters, she left Draftfcb SF last week and will be leading strategic growth for Propane effective immediately. Guess this confirms it.