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Here’s the Memo Regarding Grey, Folgers and a New EVP Hire

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Tis been some time since we’ve received a memo from Grey, but the agency’s New York CEO Michael Houston has sent out one regarding the brand’s new relationship with coffee staple, Folgers, this week. As a result of taking on assignments for the aforementioned brand as well as continuing efforts with J.M. Smuckers and Millstone, Grey has brought on ad vet Marnie Kain to lead the work. Anyhow, why steal Mr. Houston’s thunder any further. See below:

“You’ll see today that we are introducing a new coffee, Folgers, in our kitchens.  It is to celebrate our newest brand assignments from the J.M. Smucker Company, Folgers and Millstone coffees.

This is an outstanding win from our longstanding partner and a tremendous vote of confidence in Grey’s work for Smucker.  They have our deepest thanks as we start this exciting new chapter together.

Speaking of new beginnings, we are delighted to welcome Marnie Kain as our newest EVP on these coffee brands, that she led with distinction at Saatchi & Saatchi.

Marnie spent 17 years at Saatchi, rising to the post of EVP, Managing Director, Head of Marketing and Business Development.  Along the way, she oversaw brand management for such blue-chip clients as JPMorgan/Chase, Wendy’s, JC Penney, P&G’s Dawn and Fixodent, Sunny Delight and earlier, Carnival Cruise Lines, all textbook examples of marketing innovation in her capable hands.

Most recently, Marnie was President and Founder of her own advertising and marketing solutions company, Kain & Co.  An accomplished speaker on advertising and branding, she has served on the board of directors of the Advertising Club of New York and President of the Advertising Federation of Miami.  And she’s found to time to give back, serving on the board of Step Up Women’s Network, a non-profit dedicated to helping deserving teens go to college and become career ready.

Please give her a warm welcome and stop by for coffee.

Michael”

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Detweiler Assumes CCO Post at Grey SF

detweiler1We’ve got the Grey double-whammy today as the agency, fresh off of winning the Papa John’s biz, has now also welcomed Curt Detweiler as chief creative officer of its San Francisco office. And so, thus ends Detweiler’s brief spell at Arnold SF, where he apparently landed just nine months ago to serve as EVP/ECD/managing director. Whatever the case, it appears the dust has settled on his next gig, as he now takes over as CCO of the 75-person-strong Grey SF, where he will partner with the agency’s president, Milan Martin, who joined at the end of last summer.

Detweiler’s new boss, Grey North America CEO Michael Houston, says in a statement, “Curt is going to be an outstanding partner to Milan as Grey San Francisco’s resurgence and rapid growth continues under his leadership. Curt’s creative track-record on big brands and big clients in every channel, across Europe, Asia and the United States at many of the finest agencies, underscores the aggressive plans we have for Grey on the West Coast.”

To refresh your memory of Detweiler’s resume, prior to Arnold, the creative vet spent a few years as EVP/ECD at McCann SF and served in the senior creative level at the likes of Ground Zero and TBWA\Chiat\Day New York and L.A. during his career. The Grey SF top creative post (which was ECD at the time) was previously held by Jack Fund, who left the agency last fall.

Here’s the Memo Regarding Grey’s Hasbro Win

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And now, a little change of pace on the Grey memo front. Michael Houston, who was elevated to CEO of Grey NY this summer, takes the reins to send word out to staff about the agency picking up a major portion of the business for toy/board game giant Hasbro, which counts brands including Marvel and Transformers. According to reports, Grey beat out the likes of Droga5 (Update: We’ve been informed Droga5 was not involved) and Mother for the business. Anyhow, while we await the next GCD announcement, let’s give Mr. Houston the floor to discuss his agency’s second major win in as many months.

 

“Hello, Grey New York.
While we’re barely two weeks into Q4, I’m confident we can already claim 2013 as our best year yet. As if the Gillette win and our organic growth aren’t sweet enough, we’ve received the amazing news that Grey New York has won a sizable share of Hasbro’s brands. Hasbro is a true leader in worldwide innovation, a bold marketer that is, and continually strives to be, best in class. Beyond their stellar business acumen, our new clients are also great people to be around: savvy, fast, inquisitive, and demanding yet unafraid to have fun and laugh. Perhaps this is why they were named by Fortune as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2013. Believe me, these are our kind of people.

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VML MD Treuhaft Assumes CDO Post at Grey NY

It’s been a busy week on the Grey front. Just days after it was announced that the agency promoted chief operating officer Michael Houston to CEO, North America, we’ve received confirmation that the Grey camp has welcomed Zachary Treuhaft as its new chief digital officer. Treuhaft joins Grey from Kansas City-based WPP sibling VML, where he spent the last two-and-a-half years as managing director. We’ve been told that the CDO position is a new one at Grey (Doug Livingston, who left the agency a few months ago if you recall, actually served as EVP/director of digital integration. As seems to be the norm with Grey items, we’ve received a memo regarding Treuhaft’s arrival from the agency’s new CEO. Read on below and after the jump.

“I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Zak Treuhaft as Chief Digital Officer for Grey New York.  Zak joins us from WPP’s global digital agency, VML, where he served as Co-Managing Director of their New York operation responsible for revenue growth, performance, staffing and cultural development of the agency.

Prior to running VML, Zak served as a WPP Fellow in its selective, high-caliber management training program, where he worked as the Director of Product Strategy and Business Development at 24/7 Real Media and led a unique technology partnership between Omniture, Google and 24/7 Real Media. He has also held various other integrated positions such as Group Account Director and Senior Strategist within other digital shops.

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Here’s Your Memo Regarding Houston’s Promotion to CEO at Grey NY

Michael Houston continues moving up the charts at Grey New York. Houston, who’s been with the agency for nearly six years and most recently served as chief operating officer, has now assumed the position of CEO at the agency. We’ve obtained the memo to staff from Grey Group CEO/chairman Jim Heekin regarding the promotion of Houston, who spent five years at KBS+ prior to joining Grey and also played host on one of our episodes of Cubes. Read on:

“I wanted to share some great news with you.  I am delighted to announce that Michael Houston has been promoted to CEO of Grey North America, a new position, reporting to me.  Michael and Tor Myhren, President and Chief Creative Officer, will continue to share leadership duties in New York.  Please see the New York Times article:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/05/business/media/grey-new-york-executive-takes-on-a-larger-role.html

This well-deserved promotion is a logical next step for Michael who with Tor has been such a vital factor in our New York success: building a first-class management team, transforming our creative performance and digital prowess, forging a culture of innovation and compiling a new business track record second to none.

In his expanded new leadership role, Michael will oversee Grey North American offices comprised of New York, San Francisco, Canada, including Toronto and Vancouver as well as Grey Activation and PR and Wing, working with their respective presidents.

Grey has tremendous potential in North America as we approach our 100th anniversary.  Michael is a natural to capitalize on our momentum, extend our “Famously Effective” culture and best practices and expand our integrated offering to fuel our growth with great clients across the region.

Please give Michael your congratulations on this milestone and your full support as he hits the ground running.

Regards,

GREYgroup | Famously effective since 1917
Jim Heekin, Chairman & CEO”

Grey Has Apparently Resigned its E*Trade Biz (Update: Affirmative)

Well, this certainly comes as a surprise this morning. We’ve received what appears to be a legit memo sent from Grey New York president/CCO Tor Myhren and COO Michael Houston to staff regarding one of the agency’s most well-regarded accounts. Read on:

“After a spectacularly successful six-year run, we are resigning the E*TRADE Financial account.
We think it’s in both Grey’s and E*TRADE’s best interests. Think of the history we’ve made. It’s worth celebrating.
Across six Super Bowls, the street-wise baby became synonymous with the E*TRADE brand’s maverick, consumer-championing DNA, proving online investing is so easy a baby can do it.

The E*TRADE baby set new records for popularity and effectiveness in the Super Bowl, delivering sales success and unprecedented media buzz in broadcast, print and social media.  The commercials were ranked among the “most popular” on the game by CBS, USA TODAY, ADWEEK, ADVERTISING AGE, TIME, TIVO and NIELSEN, generating over 60 million YouTube views.  In addition, creative recognition for the baby and his friends included Effies, One Show, London International, AICP and D&AD honors. And it was also voted the best campaign in America two straight years by the Wall Street Journal.

E*TRADE, and all the terrific people we’ve worked with, have our everlasting gratitude and best wishes for continued success. We will always look back on this relationship as one of the best and most famously effective in Grey’s history.

Of course, we will do everything in our power to ensure a smooth transition over the coming months.

Thanks to everyone for all you’ve done on this game-changing account for Grey. Let us never forget this was the brand and the work that began our turnaround.

Tor and Michael.”

Sources familiar with the matter tell us it’s legit, and  if you want to recall some of the good times between Grey and its financial client, see above and below. From what we hear from, Grey “just though it’s time” to part ways with E*Trade, which we’ve been told has gone through seven CEOs since the relationship began.

 

Grey NY Expands Relationship with Marriott, Adds PR Duties to the Mix

Marriott and Grey New York are getting that much closer as the brand has now awarded PR duties to the agency, thus expanding a relationship that began last September when the latter succeeded McGarryBowen as AOR for the hotel/resorts brand. No word yet, though, if president/CCO Tor Myhren and now-COO Michael Houston sent a short and sweet memo to staff like last time in regards to this latest win.

Instead, for now, we have this statement from Marriott VP of global brand PR John Wolf, who says, “We chose Grey for its expertise in integrated consumer brand marketing that will help us amplify the innovations Marriott is bringing to market to appeal to Gen X and Gen Y travelers. We were impressed by Grey’s passion, creativity and best-in-class PR practices to maximize the buzz factor across business and lifestyle media.”

We’re checking to see if there was a review for this. While we’re on the subject of Grey, we’re hearing from sources that the agency is still one of the finalists in the Gillette creative pitch and a decision is expected to made by this coming Monday. Update: There was no review for the Marriott PR biz; the appointment just grew out of Grey and the hotel brand’s existing ad relationship. Burson Marsteller, meanwhile, continues to handle corporate PR for Marriott.

Grey NY Welcomes New CMO

Why should Bacardi hog all the spotlight? Grey New York has found a new chief marketing officer of its own in Jane Reiss, who has spent the last seven years at the City of New York’s official tourism, marketing & partnerships organization, NYC & Company. Reiss, who officially assumes the role of EVP/CMO at Grey NY effective immediately, served in the same role at her last gig, working on local/global tourism marketing outreach, retail, dining and entertainment marketing initiatives and leading biz dev teams for corporate partnerships with clients like AmEx, AT&T, JetBlue and Coca-Cola. Sounds like a busy job.

Now at Grey NY, Reiss will join the agency’s leadership team that president/CCO Tor Myhren and COO Michael Houston (her predecessor on the CMO position). Prior to NYC & Company, the exec spent nearly two decades at NYC full-service agency Margeotes Fertitta & Partners, last serving as managing director/partner.

Grey NY Leadership Cuts Straight to the Chase When it Comes to Marriott

By now, you’ve probably read or heard about the news that Grey New York has nabbed the Marriott Hotels & Resorts business, which resided with McGarryBowen for nearly a decade. Anyhow, without any pretense, pomp and/or circumstance, Grey NY prez/CCO Tor Myhren and managing director Michael Houston relayed the good news to staff like this:

“We’re going to keep this short and sweet.

Grey just won the Marriott Hotels and Resorts business, beating out mcgarrybowen and JWT in the final round.

Congratulations, people. This is huge.

The news will hit the press shortly.

Stay tuned for celebration details…

Tor and Michael”

Well, the news definitely did hit the press, but thanks to Marriott’s stellar PR work, it didn’t hit our inbox til late in the evening. No need to repost the reasons why Marriott tapped Grey, but the agency did beat out McGB and JWT for the biz. Meanwhile, Marriott’s agency relationships with MEC, Anomaly, Team One and other creative and specialized agencies throughout its global operations were not affected in this review.

Grey New Business Head Leaves for CMO Post at McCann (Updated)

After three-and-a-half years as SVP, business development at Grey New York, Alex Lubar is moving to McCann to serve as chief marketing officer of North American operations. We’ve obtained a memo sent from Grey NY managing director Michael Houston to staff within the last hour. It’s an interesting read, we must say. Prior to joining Grey, Lubar worked on the account side at the likes of BBH, the Ad Store and what’s now RAPP. Anyhow, peep Houston’s memo, which carries the subject “All is Fair in Love and War,” after the jump. Update: McCann finally made it official, saying Lubar will join the agency effective July 9 and will still be based in New York.

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