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Carpenter’s Latest Gig Comes to an End

A quick phone call has confirmed that Rick Carpenter‘s time as president of an L.A.-based “brand response advertising” firm  named Quigley-Simpson is now over. Carpenter, who’s “no longer with the agency” according to the Q-S staffer on the other end of the line, once served as president/CEO of DDB Chicago if you recall but officially resigned from his post at the end of 2010 to “begin the next phase of his career.” He was eventually replaced several months later by former Gotham chief Peter McGuiness.

Carpenter joined Quigley-Simpson in August of last year and in a statement at the time, CEO Gerald Bagg said, “It was time to hire a president, and it needed to be someone who shares our entrepreneurial spirit – as well as someone who knows how to manage ad agencies through periods of growth. We found the perfect person in Rick.”

The exec spent a total of 22 years in the DDB network, with the first 18 being in the Los Angeles office, where he eventually moved up to president, and the last four in Chicago where he held his aforementioned post.

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Gotham’s McGuinness Splits for CEO Post at DDB Chicago

Twenty-year IPG vet Peter McGuinness is splitting for rival holding company Omnicom and joining DDB Chicago as president/CEO. McGuinness, who has spent the last three years in the same post at NYC-based Gotham, replaces Rick Carpenter, who parted ways with DDB last December to “begin the next phase” of his career. It’s a homecoming of sorts for the new DDB Chicago president/CEO, who says in a statement, “Chicago is where I was born so it’s a bit of a homecoming, and it’s at the heart of DDB.  I can’t wait to bring some heat to the windy city.”

During his two decades at IPG, McGuinness was named EVP/worldwide account director at McCann Worldgroup before he turned 30, eventually playing a pivotal role in bringing MasterCard’s “Priceless” campaign to the masses. By the time he hit 35, the exec was named regional director, EMEA for IPG’s Momentum and was eventually inducted into the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement two years ago.

In his new role, McGuinness will work alongside DDB Chicago’s CCO Ewan Paterson, who has been on somewhat of a hiring streak as of late.

Rick Carpenter Resigns from DDB Chicago

We just received a call from the folks at DDB who have let us know that Rick Carpenter, who has served as president/CEO at DDB Chicago for just about three years, is resigning. Not much of a reason given, but we’ve been told it was “just time.”

While the agency recruits a new leader, Mark O’Brien, who just took over as president of DDB’s North American operation, will serve as interim head of the Chicago office along with CCO Ewan Paterson, who joined the shop earlier this year. In a statement, Carpenter says:

“After much consideration, given my own career aspirations, I have decided to resign from DDB Chicago and begin the next phase of my career.  I will stay on through the end of the year to help assure a smooth transition. I am extremely proud of my tenure and accomplishments at DDB in both LA and Chicago and I have been fortunate to work with so many wonderful people and extraordinary talents during my time at DDB.

I am currently weighing a couple of options. I love the agency world and in all likelihood will stay in the agency business, but considering the changes in our industry, I could just as easily apply my experience and skills to any number of companies that place a high value on creativity to build brand and build business.”