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Harris Takes Prez Post at DDB West

All of a sudden it’s a busy month on the DDB West front. Nearly three weeks after parting ways with both its Los Angeles CEO and CCO, the agency network (which consists of DDB SF, LA and Tribal DDB ops) is making more leadership changes on the left coast, hiring Mike Harris as president. Harris joins from San Francisco-based IPG shop, twofifteenmccann (formerly Agencytwofifteen and T.A.G. before that), where he spent nearly a decade and most recently served as president/chief strategy officer.

Harris last spent time within the Omnicom network as director of strategy at TBWA\Chiat\Day San Francisco, which he initially joined as a group account director on Mars and Adidas. In a statement, the new DDB West prez says, “I’m very pleased to be getting back into the Omnicom fold with this move and am excited to join this amazing agency.” Harris’s president position is a new one according to the DDB West camp, which says, “DDB has evolved its West Coast offering so that the San Francisco and LA offices function as one unit, which is why Mike Harris has been hired to the new role of DDB West President to work alongside DDB West CEO Mary Moudry.”

As we mentioned in the DDB LA post from a few weeks ago, DDB West’s current clients include ConAgra, Clorox, Johnson & Johnson and Wells Fargo.

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DDB LA Parts Ways with Top Execs

Once again, tipsters were on to something as we’ve finally received official word that DDB has made some changes in its LA office this week. No, it wasn’t the “gutting” of the office that was being alleged on the Spy line. Instead, the agency has parted ways with Nick Bishop and Erik Moe, who have served as president/CEO and co-chief creative officer, respectively, of DDB LA.

Bishop (pictured) joined the agency in 2007 from G2. During his career, the exec spent 15 years at various global McCann offices and had a stint on the client side at VP of consumer connections for Coca-Cola. Moe, meanwhile, had been at the creative helm at DDB L.A. for three years and previously served as a CD at agencies including TBWA\Chiat\Day LA and Goodby. Here’s a statement from a DDB U.S. spokesperson confirming the pair’s departure:

“Based on the strategic direction we have set for DDB West, we have mutually agreed with Nick Bishop, LA office President, and Erik Moe, LA office Co-Chief Creative Officer, to part ways. We are greatly appreciative of their contributions to DDB over the past few years, and wish them the best in their next endeavors. The LA and San Francisco offices operate jointly as DDB West, and as such, will report into DDB West President Mary Moudry and Chief Creative Officer Lisa Bennett. No further personnel changes are planned.”

Currently, DDB West counts clients including ConAgra, Johnson & Johnson, Wells Fargo and The Clorox Company (Clorox, Brita, Pine-Sol, Tilex, Hidden Valley dressings and KC Masterpiece among other brands). Sources familiar with the matter add that current staff count at DDB LA is approximately 30-40.