Don’t sound the death knell for Possible Worldwide just yet. Though the Austin office might have disappeared and some of its top execs have defected in recent months, the WPP interactive operation is still thriving according to a memo penned by Tor Myhren and Michael Houston, president/CCO and managing director, respectively, of sister agency Grey New York. It appears that a “strategic partnership” has been formed between the sibling shops and as part of Grey NY’s increased focus on digital, the agency promoted five-year vet Doug Livingston (pictured) to EVP, director of digital integration while also solidifying its digital leadership. But why spoil the rest, read on in full after the jump.
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Ah, the anonymous tips box has been a blessing as usual. A short while ago, this piece of work arrived and after viewing, we can only say that we cracked up at this Hall & Oates send-up that stars Grey New York president/CCO Tor Myhren and managing director Michael Houston. The pair and the rest of their “band” took the time to star in a cheesy video and pen this love letter to you, AgencySpy commenters. What can we say except that we’re flattered by this shout-out that nicely captures the tone of many a thread on this here site.
As you may know by now, Grey has won the $10 million Mike’s Hard Lemonade creative biz, beating out DDB (which we mentioned was a finalist two weeks back) in the end. Since it seems that this is Mike’s fourth agency in four years, one can only hope that Grey hits the two-year mark at the least. Anyhow, Grey NY’s CCO/president Tor Myhren (who’s already gotten plenty of attention from us today) and managing director Michael Houston sent a quick note to staff this afternoon regarding the good news. See below:
“Hello Grey NY.
We know it’s a been a grueling couple of weeks with tons of new business pitches and client work. Well, it’s beginning to pay off.
We were just informed by the Mike’s Hard Lemonade client that we have won their account, having prevailed over DDB Chicago in the final round.
We should all be proud of this win because it is indicative of the great creative agency we have become.
Huge thanks to y’all at 200 Fifth for making this agency so awesome and famously effective.
Tor and Michael”
In this episode of “Cubes,” we tour the New York headquarters of Grey, one of the oldest ad agencies in the world. Located just off Manhattan’s Madison Square Park, the office features a huge rooftop terrace, “Mad Men”-era furniture, and a bed that doubles as a meeting room.
We have a funny feeling that you might get to know this fellow in a month or so (yes, we’re teasing something), but anyways, Michael Houston has officially been named managing director at Grey New York. Houston joined the WPP agency back in 2007 as EVP, director of marketing or global CMO as his LinkedIn puts it. Whatever the semantics, Houston joined on with Grey’s flagship HQ to spur its business development efforts.
Prior to Grey, Houston spent nearly five years as director of corporate development at KBS+P and had stints at Y&R and Landor Associates among others.