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McCann Finally Comments on USPS Win

It took a little while for McCann Erickson to get the OK to comment on nabbing agency of record duties for the United States Postal Service, which has previously worked with Campbell-Ewald on the creative portion of its business. Here’s what Harris Diamond, who took over for Nick Brien as McCann Worldgroup CEO last November, had to say about the USPS win in this statement:  “We are thrilled and honored to be awarded strategic and creative responsibilities for the United States Postal Service.  The Postal Service is as iconic a brand as any in our portfolio, and plays a huge role in our business and personal lives.  We are passionate about supporting its mission and helping it to grow revenue.”

Along with McCann picking up creative/strategic duties, MRM is also in the mix on USPS, which already has contracts with fellow sister Worldgroup agencies, Weber Shandwick and UM. No word yet on who else participated in the creative review. Update: From what sources are telling us, the USPS initially briefed eight agencies and the eventual finalists included JWT, Grey and possibly Y&R.

 

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Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Let’s feast our eyes for a couple of minutes on the making of a full-scale paper craft of Honda’s new N-One (above) series, shall we? link

-Don’t worry, now-former McCann CEO Nick Brien should be financially secure for at least a little while. link

-Grey Group’s Hispanic agency unit, Wing, has promoted Daniel Gergely to director of business development.

-VivaKi has signed a deal with Echo System and Voxsup that gives Publicis Groupe clients access to a social intelligence platform that mines four years’ worth of data from every major social network. link

-As we hit the halfway point, Paris-based agency Wanda has updated us on its Movember progress. link; link

-Forbes talks Facebook’s future in content and advertising. link

-Former Ogilvy Durham operations manager Lisa Malawer has headed to Surf City to join Innocean as director of project management.

-Al Weiss, former president of worldwide operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, has been appointed to Brand Affinity Technologies’ board of directors.

-Coca-Coca has reportedly become a minority investor in Spotify, in turn helping raise the value of the streaming music service to $3 billion. link

Aaaand, McCann CEO Nick Brien is Out, Diamond is In

Well, Noreen at Adweek‘s trigger-finger was admittedly faster than ours at day’s end as she is indeed reporting what tipsters have been telling us since around 5-ish, that McCann Worldgroup CEO Nick Brien is no longer with the agency. As Adweek, George Parker and others have been buzzing about, Brien’s job status (along with Draftfcb boss Laurence Boschetto‘s) has been in doubt as of late, and recent comments made by Michael Roth, chairman/CEO of parent company IPG, didn’t really soothe matters. Brien had held his title as Worldgroup chairman/chief exec since April 2010 after serving as CEO of IPG’s Mediabrands.

Replacing Brien as McCann Worldgroup’s CEO is Harris Diamond, who most recently served as chairman/CEO of IPG’s Constituency Management Group. Says Roth in a statement, “Harris understands the business needs of global CEOs, across a range of industries. He has a proven track record of effectively managing a portfolio of agencies and growing the top line. He has created a strong culture of collaboration, which is increasingly key in a marketing landscape that requires integration of services. And he brings a deep knowledge of McCann in light of the alignment between Worldgroup and a number of the agencies within CMG, such as Weber Shandwick and FutureBrand.”

Along with Diamond’s appointment, IPG has given Luca Lindner and Gustavo Martinez, McCann Worldgroup president, Americas and Worldgroup president, Europe, respectively, more responsibilities with the former adding Middle East and Africa responsibilities (something he’s familiar with)and the latter, Asia-Pacific.

Friday Odds and Ends

-McCann CEO Nick Brien talks about landing the GM account among other things. link

-Here’s a behind-the-scenes clip of CP+B’s meaty new ad for Kraft dubbed the “Baconizer” (above).  link

-So, why is Pinterest so “addictive?” Maybe this infographic can help. link

-Chicago-based shop Two By Four appointed Jennifer Nicks as VP, director of operations.

-As the Facebook Timeline conversion continues, let us bring you HP’s update. link

-It seems Turner and CBS did alright in terms of revenue from digital March Madness viewing. link

 

 

Here’s the Full Memo Regarding Thom Gruhler if You Were Wondering

By now, you probably know that Thom Gruhler has moved up from the McCann NY ranks to a global managing partner role at McCann Worldgroup. Anyhow, here’s a memo regarding the promotion of the fine-dining aficionado, who succeeded Lori Senecal in 2009, from Worldgroup CEO/chairman Nick Brien:

“To all McCann Worldgroup Employees,

As we continue to embark on our transformation together, our global leadership must have a blend of product excellence and leadership vision, delivered with passion, commitment and consistency.

To this end, I am pleased to announce that Thom Gruhler will be elevated from a New York-centric role to a new global post of Global Managing Partner, Telecommunications & Technology, while continuing to partner with the McCann New York-based team on our important Verizon account. As a new and critical role within the organization we plan to expand to other categories in the coming months.

In his new post, Thom will help our agencies around the world further develop their telecommunications and technology expertise, which is an area of explosive global growth. We are delighted Thom has agreed to assume this significant new role, which reflects his deep experience in marketing and advertising, as well as a passion for the sector.

As many of you know, Thom joined McCann in 2004 as head of the Verizon Wireless business, an account he had helmed since 2002. Three years later, he added the post of Director of Account Management for the agency, and later was named Worldwide Account Director of McCann Erickson. In 2009 he was named President of the New York agency. Prior to focusing on telecommunications and technology, Thom’s experience included managing such accounts as Chevrolet, DaimlerChrysler, Hilton and Salomon Smith Barney.

Thom is a proven leader in the fiercely competitive and growing telecommunications and technology category, and he also understands how to leverage the capabilities and power of McCann Worldgroup.

Please join me in congratulating Thom on his new responsibilities.”

Summy Takes Prez Post at McCann North America

Digital marketing vet Hank Summy is taking over the reins at McCann Erickson North America as the SapientNitro alum will assume the role of NA president come November. Summy most recently served as managing director of Sapient’s NY-based Eastern region and was part of the agency’s overall leadership team. Now at McCann, he will work alongside CCO Linus Karlsson and be responsible for McCann agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada.

In addition, Pat Lafferty has been bumped up to COO of McCann Erickson North America just a year after joining the agency as MD of global brands. Summy and Lafferty’s boss, McCann Worldgroup CEO/chairman Nick Brien, says in a statement, “[Hank]has successfully built technology-marketing businesses that have all achieved double digital growth and deep levels of client satisfaction. Pat is the ideal partner for him, having proven himself to be a highly effective leader across many of our most complex global accounts.”

McCann Acquires AllofUs

Hey, why not throw in a little across-the-pond news this morning. McCann Worldgroup has bought up  London-based interactive design shop AllofUs, which was founded in 2003 and has worked for clients and organizations ranging from the BBC and Tate Britain to Nokia and Microsoft.

McCann’s CEO Nick Brien says that for now, AllofUs will work most closely with the Worldgroup UK offices, McCann London, MRM London and Momentum London. In addition, the AllofUs name will remain intact and the founders–design director Nick Cristea, director of R&D Orlando Mathias, AD Simon “Sanky” Sankarayya and business director Phil Gerrard–will partner with McCann NY/London CCO Linus Karlsson and McCann Erickson’s European chief innovation officer Matias Palm-Jensen.

Matt Freeman Takes Global Exec Role at McCann

Yep, the man looking rather dapper is Matt Freeman, former Tribal DDB CEO who is now assuming the title of global chief innovation officer at McCann Erickson. In a statement, Freeman, who will report to McCann Worldgroup chairman/CEO Nick Brien, says, “The chance to partner with Nick and [creative lead] Linus [Karlsson] and to help write the next chapter of McCann Erickson was simply too exciting to ignore. As the cycles of innovation in media and marketing have become more rapid, agencies have the opportunity to address a much broader set of business challenges for clients.  McCann Erickson has the heritage, global scale, amazing talent and multi-national client footprint to reinvent the business relationships agencies have with clients amid the explosion of opportunities in our digital age.”

Freeman joined IPG in January 2010 and became CEO of Mediabrands Ventures, which is undergoing its own shift. Among the changes are an increased role of IPG Lab at Mediabrands, a reorganization of its operating units and investment in the development of ad exchange, The Audience Platform.

McCann Retains Army

Here’s something for you to salute to–we received this at 7:27 pm EST–verbatim from sources familiar with the matter:

The U.S. Army announced today that McCann Worldgroup, New York, N.Y. has been awarded the Army advertising contract beginning April 7, 2011. The term of the new contract is for one year with four one year option periods, not to exceed five years. The negotiated price of the contract is estimated at between $184,000,000 and $200,000,000 annually, depending on the number of projects awarded by the Army.

The agency is required to provide a full range of general advertising, public affairs support and direct marketing to support personnel acquisition and retention programs for the U.S. Army.

‘After extensive evaluations of submitted written technical proposals and oral presentations the Army determined that the McCann Worldgroup proposal was the most advantageous response to the marketing and advertising objectives as expressed in the request for proposal.”

Oh, and here’s this from McCann Worldgroup CEO Nick Brien: “We are thrilled and deeply honored to have been reappointed as the integrated marketing communications agency  for the U.S. Army.  The McCann Worldgroup team working on behalf of the U.S. Army truly is passionate about the role it plays in supporting the Army’s critical recruitment mission.  We are extraordinarily proud of introducing and advancing the ‘Army Strong’ campaign platform and we are equally gratified that the U.S. Army has met its broad recruiting mission during each year of our relationship. Our approach going forward will continue to be collaborative, innovative and performance-driven. We look forward to building upon the achievements of the past five years.”

McCann’s U.S. Army team is comprising 300 people from 11 companies, seven of which are IPG-owned and four are independent.

Thursday Odds and Ends

-Charlie Sheen stands to make $1 million per year from Tweeting endorsements. link

-European Activia ads take on a whole different tone, drawing inspiration from Saw and Silence of the Lambs. The one above’s from Y&R Prague.

-Beth Rilee-Kelley will replace Paul McKee as The Martin Agency’s COO. McKee is retiring.

-McCann Worldgroup CEO Nick Brien is going to be roasted. link

-Levi’s named Rebecca Van Dyck, currently senior director of Apple’s worldwide marketing/communications, as its global CMO. link

-McDonald’s is definitely not retiring Ronald. link

-Here’s looking at you, anonymous posters. link

-Beam Global’s Tres Generaciones Tequila strikes a deal with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Euro RSCG is somehow involved as creative agency. link

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