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Tuesday Morning Stir

-GSD&M has welcomed  Neil Saunders and Michelle Dickens, formerly of Chiat LA/David&Goliath and Ogilvy West, respectively, has VP/planning directors. Saunders will lead planning for Goodyear, John Deere, new business and special assignments while Dickens will handle strategic efforts for GSD&M’s Walgreens biz.

-Director  James Gray has joined the roster of L.A.-based prodco Biscuit Filmworks for commercial representation.

-Cheil UK has appointed Chris Kazakeos as head of retail production, a position that calls for the exec to lead in-store efforts for all clients including Samsung.

-McCann Copenhagen is capitalizing on the fact that a recent UN survey has named Denmark “the happiest country in the world” by greeting visitors with thousands of “happy flags” for Coca-Cola (above).

-In case you missed it, Digitas beat out the likes of Leo Burnett and Energy BBDO in a recent “Chicago Advertising Agency Battle of the Bands,” an event thrown to benefit the Off the Street Club. link

-So, did The Onion’s Twitter account actually get hacked or not? Our sources are keeping mum on the matter. link

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McKendrick Leaves Chiat LA After Just Nine Months

Looks like the allure of leading U.S. planning efforts for Pepsi at TBWA\Chiat\Day LA wasn’t enough to keep Clyde McKendrick aboard as the group planning director has left the agency to take on the executive strategy director post at WDCW L.A. The U.K. native was one of three new planning hires at Chiat LA last August along with Neil Saunders and Modernista! alum Catherine Heath.

WDCW, of course, is the agency formerly known as Wongdoody and its CEO Ben Weiner says of the shop’s new hire, “We’re all thrilled to have Clyde join us at this exciting stage of our agency evolution. He brings an intuitive sense for building brands which is crucial to our vision of being an agency at the forefront of cultural innovation.”

As for background, McKendrick is a 15-year strategy vet who not only founded London-based The Open Consultancy but is also creator and editor of “cultural insight” firm MILK.