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Tuesday Odds and Ends

-Detroit native and former DeVito/Verdi senior creative Brad Emmett is heading back home to serve as executive creative director at Doner. Emmett’s arrival follows EVP/ECD Justin Smith‘s transition to the newly created role of chief innovation officer, head of the Digital Underground (if only that was what you were thinking).

-Former OMD director of digital strategy Mitch Brandow has joined Starcom USA as SVP/digital director, overseeing the agency’s ESPN and US Cellular businesses.

-Five months after winning Perio Inc.’s Barbasol and Pure Silk accounts, Austin’s own GSD&M has launched the first ads for the former brand (above). Here’s  a second spot.

-Former JWT Atlanta CEO Rob Quish has taken on the role of president of global strategy at healthcare agency network, inVentive Healthcare Communications. The move is part of a “realignment” at iHC, which is now operating under a model called “Done as One.” link

-New York-based shop the watsons have launched a new website and micro-site to celebrate the Grand Central Terminal centennial, which kicks off this Friday, Feb. 1. link; link

-Mozilla’s global “Firefox Flicks” competition has returned, with judges this time around including Edward Norton and Ben Silverman (above). link

-Brand Affinity Technologies has appointed former Teleflora/Overstock exec Jennifer R. Black to the role of VP, marketing and commerce.

-Adbrite has shuttered its exchange, is reportedly close to selling off its other assets. link

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Quish Leaving JWT

Guess it’s a JWT kind of week. We’ve received word that Rob Quish, who took over as CEO of the agency’s Atlanta office (not to mention Houston and Dallas) just a year ago, is leaving. Quish, who succeeded Ridge White in the ATL last year, also served as CEO of JWT Inside, the agency’s recruitment marketing and employee comms unit. Anyhow, the exec is calling it quits after seven years at JWT in order to spend more time with his family and stay put in New York (his work schedule called for him to spend three days in Atlanta, one day in NYC each week). After the jump, check out the note David Eastman sent to staff at the top of the morning, which also explains the Atlanta office’s leadership transition.

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JWT Makes Some Cuts in the ATL

We’ve received confirmation from sources close to the matter that there were 10 people or so let go at JWT Atlanta last week. From what spies are telling us, the cuts are part of CEO Rob Quish‘s efforts to “clean house” at JWT’s ATL office, though we’re trying to find out if there were other reasons for the move. If you remember, this isn’t the first time that Quish tried to shake things up in Atlanta since joining as chief exec back in April. We’ll keep you posted when we find out more.

Update: We’ve been told that the cuts were made across multiple departments and JWT Atlanta is “shifting [project management] into delivery depts not shutting it down.”

Carl Warner Out at JWT Atlanta

The search is on for a new executive creative director at JWT’s Atlanta office as sources familiar with the matter confirm that Carl Warner is no longer with the agency. We hear that Rob Quish, who assumed the CEO post there back in April, is trying to shake things up a bit. JWT ATL counts the Marines as its flagship client and works on Shell and Transamerica among other accounts as well.

As for Warner, the exec spent the last eight years at JWT, first serving as a creative director in Detroit from 2003-2006 before moving down south to take on president/ECD job in Atlanta. Prior to JWT, Warner spent nine years as a CD at DDB Dallas and had creative stints at The Richards Group and Team One during his career.