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We Hear: CP+B’s O’Rourke Heading to W+K?

It looks like while yours truly was out of town this weekend, the Spy line lit up with people news and one of the more notable tips that came in was that Matt O’Rourke, he of stolen bike fame (it’s now in the process of being returned) and interactive ECD at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, will soon be packing up his things in Boulder and heading to Portland to join W+K. We haven’t received official confirmation on this (we reached out to O’Rourke himself and got a “no comment”), but our spies tell us that his transition will take shape by month’s end/Sept 1–hey look, he’s even planned a Mt. Hood climbing expedition at the start of next month.

Anyhow, O’Rourke joined CP+B as interactive GCD (the first of its kind at the agency apparently) in July 2010 from McCann NY (where he served in a similar role) and has most recently worked on campaigns for Kraft Mac & Cheese among others. We hope to have more clarification on the ECD’s job status in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

Thursday Morning Stir

-Facebook usurps Google as “most visited site of the year.” link

-TBWA\Tequila parties like its 1985 (above). link

-Telegraph offers its own list, this one being top 10 biggest spending U.K. advertisers in 2010. link

-Crispin’s Matt O’Rourke goes into soliloquy about his bike. link

-The New York Times spotlights Seventh Generation, which ended its relationship with Carmichael Lynch earlier this year. link

Saatchi Alum Takes Chief ‘Innovation’ Role at JWT

JWT announced that James Cooper has joined the agency’s New York office as chief creative innovation officer. Cooper, who we now recognize from Matt O’Rourke‘s going away party (blatant shout-out), arrives from Saatchi & Saatchi, where he spent the past the past 18 months as a integrated creative director and led campaigns including JCPenney’s “Return to the Doghouse” and Wheaties’ “The Most Valuable Tweeter.”

Prior to Saatchi, Cooper spent nearly three years as a CD at Dare, London (where he helped the shop win “Digital Agency of the Decade” nods from Campaign), and was a creative partner at Anomaly for a brief while. In addition to Cooper, JWT’s North American CEO and worldwide digital director David Eastman announced that Beth Waxman-Arteta and Iris Worldwide alum John Baker will take on the roles of co-presidents of client services at JWT, effective Nov. 1.

Update: According to a source familiar with the matter, Graf’s departure definitely had an impact on staff as we’ve been told that Dan Kelleher, CD on Miller and Alison Gragnano, CD on Gen Mills, both quit earlier this year. The pair were the two most senior creatives under new CCO Con Williamson, who we hear is a nice guy but has been put in a tough spot in the post-Graf era.

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