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Posts Tagged ‘Omid Farhang’

Farhang Does Indeed Head to CAA

Just over one month to the day after announcing that he’s leaving Crispin Porter + Bogusky, we’re received confirmation that former CP+B group creative director Omid Farhang is soon joining up with CAA Marketing’s Los Angeles office come September. Here’s to you, Mr. Tipsterson. Anyhow, sources familiar with the matter tell us CAA eschews traditional titles (thank heavens) and confirm that Farhang will work in creative across a range of clients that includes Coca-Cola, GM, Mattel, Dell, Southwest Airlines, Diageo and Bing.

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Jay Russell Returns to GSD&M

Guess there’s no place like home. As wonderfully named commenter BootsyCollins noted in our post on Omid Farhang yesterday, Jay Russell had indeed headed back to Austin to serve as VP/managing group creative director at GSD&M (he is one of four managing GCDs overseeing the creative department at the agency). Actually, it seems like it’s been in the works for quite a while, but nonetheless, the Idea City’s former BMW creative lead harbors no ill will towards his former Boulder-based employer, saying, “Crispin is [an] amazing place, but GSD&M is where my heart is. The agency is putting all of the right pieces in place to really take off in the coming years.”

During his time as a CD at CP+B, Russell managed the Microsoft Windows account and helped launched the Windows Phone internationally. Prior to originally joining GSD&M, Russell worked on Bud Light and other business at DDB, served as a CD at Square One on the Miller Brewing biz and was a CD on Nationwide Insurance at TM Advertising.

Farhang Leaves CP+B (Updated)

Who needs official agency confirmation when a simple Facebook post will do the trick? A source sent us a recent post from one Omid Farhang, a VP/group creative director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky who just recently announced his departure from the agency on the social network, saying, “Thank you CP+B for five rip-roaring, life-changing years. Count me deeply grateful and damn lucky.” Hey, at least it looks like it was amicable. During his half-decade at the agency, Farhang worked on campaigns for VW, Truth, Domino’s, Gap and was the copywriter on Burger King’s infamous, award-winning “Whopper Freakout” campaign (in 2008, my old pub Creativity also named Farhang the 7th most awarded copywriter in the world). Our sources tell us that Farhang isn’t heading to another agency at this point. Perhaps a freelance jaunt in Europe is in the cards?

We’re hearing there might be a couple of other recent notable departures on the creative front, but we’re checking to confirm. Look for the update here.

Update: We’ve received confirmation that Mitch Bennett and Jay Russell are also both no longer at CP+B. If you recall, the pair left GSD&M for Boulder in early 2010, with Bennett joining Crispin as ACD and Russell as creative director. During their time at GSD&M, Russell served as group creative director on BMW while Bennett was a CD on Southwest, Goodyear and LL Bean among other accounts.