Once again, tipsters were on to something as we’ve finally received official word that DDB has made some changes in its LA office this week. No, it wasn’t the “gutting” of the office that was being alleged on the Spy line. Instead, the agency has parted ways with Nick Bishop and Erik Moe, who have served as president/CEO and co-chief creative officer, respectively, of DDB LA.
Bishop (pictured) joined the agency in 2007 from G2. During his career, the exec spent 15 years at various global McCann offices and had a stint on the client side at VP of consumer connections for Coca-Cola. Moe, meanwhile, had been at the creative helm at DDB L.A. for three years and previously served as a CD at agencies including TBWA\Chiat\Day LA and Goodby. Here’s a statement from a DDB U.S. spokesperson confirming the pair’s departure:
“Based on the strategic direction we have set for DDB West, we have mutually agreed with Nick Bishop, LA office President, and Erik Moe, LA office Co-Chief Creative Officer, to part ways. We are greatly appreciative of their contributions to DDB over the past few years, and wish them the best in their next endeavors. The LA and San Francisco offices operate jointly as DDB West, and as such, will report into DDB West President Mary Moudry and Chief Creative Officer Lisa Bennett. No further personnel changes are planned.”
Currently, DDB West counts clients including ConAgra, Johnson & Johnson, Wells Fargo and The Clorox Company (Clorox, Brita, Pine-Sol, Tilex, Hidden Valley dressings and KC Masterpiece among other brands). Sources familiar with the matter add that current staff count at DDB LA is approximately 30-40.