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Goodby Vet Davidson Assumes Top Strategy Role at VB&P

Michael_Davidson1After spending over six years at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, where he last served as group strategy director, Michael Davidson is heading over to fellow San Francisco agency, Venables Bell & Partners, to assume the title of head of strategy. Davidson (the staring far off into the distance look never fails), who actually had two stints at Goodby, first serving as planning director at the agency in the early aughts, will now head up said department at VB&P, which of course counts notable clients including Intel, Audi and Google. This marks for a reunion of sorts for Davidson and current VB+P managing director, Paul Birks-Hay, as the pair worked together at AMV BBDO earlier in their careers. In addition to AMV, Davidson spent two years in the U.K. at TBWA London, working on Labour Party’s General Election Campaign and reporting directly to Tony Blair.

Along with new head of strategy, Venables Bell & Partners has added more to the department in group strategy director Leander Chapman, aka “Chappy” (we can dig it), who most recently ran his own consultancy and has previously served strategy director for Translation among other agency gigs.

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VB&P Promotes Birks-Hay to MD

Nearly eight months after joining up with San Francisco’s Venables Bell & Partners as director of client service, Paul Birks-Hay is quickly moving up the ladder as the agency’s already promoted him to managing director. We’ve been told this is a newly created position at VB&P, which is also celebrating its reported 26 percent revenue growth in 2012 by promoting head of business development and eight-year vet Kate Jeffers to Birks-Hay’s old post and John Minty from CFO to COO.

As for the new managing director, Birks-Hay joined VB&P from U.K.-based AMV BBDO, where he spent two-and-a-half years and helped, win, lead and grow (we believe in that order) accounts including Mercedes-Benz, Capital One, Guinness, Diageo and PepsiCo.

 

Tuesday Odds and Ends

-Cramer-Krasselt/Lowe & Partners alum Michael Baer joined Starcom USA as EVP/managing director, overseeing the agency’s Hallmark, LEGO, Luxottica and Walgreens businesses.

-Team Sprint follows up its Kevin Durant spot with another “Data Dilemma” effort starring NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson (above).

-Former AMV BBDO managing partner Paul Birks-Hay joined VB&P as director of client service.

-New York/Miami-based Wing, which operates within Grey Group, promoted senior copywriters Ruben Salavert and Aurora Morfin as well as senior art director Alvaro Naddeo to ACDs.

-Facebook is urging users to advertise their organ donor status. COO Sheryl Sandberg says the social network’s “dream is to save lives” with this effort. link; link

-LA-based editor Jonathan Del Gatto signed with NYC creative editorial shop Hooligan for East Coast representation.

-So, who’s ready for Blackberry’s new….10 OS? link

-The London International Awards 2012 is now accepting submissions. link