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Donovan Splits from McCann NY, Heads West

Sources familiar with the matter confirm that after spending nearly two years as EVP/managing partner at McCann New York, Matt Donovan has moved cross-country to Seattle. For what, you ask? Well, from what we’ve been told by those in the know, Donovan is joining up with a little company called Microsoft. Spies are adding that the exec’s new role at the Redmond, WA giant is global general manager position on Microsoft Windows Phone, though we’re still getting confirmation on that.

Donovan joined McCann in fall 2010 from Euro RSCG, where he held a few positions over a four-year span including chief strategy officer for Euro RSCG Asia-Pacific followed by CSO for Euro 4AD North America. We’ve been told it was an “amicable” split between McCann and Donovan, whose departure comes just a few months after Thom Gruhler left said agency for a VP of marketing post at Microsoft on Windows Phone. Hmm, coincidence or are we noticing a trend here? As for a Donovan successor at McCann, sources familiar say that his responsibilities are being redistributed and there are no plans to hire a director replacement.

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McCann NY Adds Managing Partner, Key Tech Hire

McCann New York has a new managing partner in Matt Donovan, whose main tasks are to lead agency operations of course and to ensure that the “transformation plan” ushered in by NY president Thom Gruhler is being adopted by every staffer. Donovan arrives from Euro RSCG, where he’s spent the last four years holding CSO posts, first at Euro Asia Pacific then Euro RSCG 4D, North America.

Along with Donovan’s appointment, McCann NY also welcomed Mark Fallows (pictured) as director of creative technology. Fallows is no stranger to the agency as he’s spent the last four years as head of digital content at McCann’s London office. During his tenure across the pond, Fallows led the team that built the UPS Desktop Widget, which allows UPS customers to track packages on any desktop or handheld device, as well as the “Fable III Kingmaker” location-based game for Xbox that promoted the launch of said game. The U.K. native officially assumes his post today.

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