To expand and clarify upon tipsters’ quotes from earlier this week, we’ve received confirmation from sources familiar with the matter say that the agency has cut approximately three percent of staff ACROSS network–not just in San Francisco–including a couple of creatives. From what we’ve been told, this is part of the Omnicom-owned agency’s CEO David Shulman‘s assessment of talent based on, you guessed it, client needs. But, on a positive note, our sources add that Organic is hiring, and if you recall, has brought on staffers including CSO Monik Sanghvi, appointed Audrey Melofchik as New York GM and of course, most recently, has welcomed Digitas alum Sarah Montague in the same latter role in San Francisco.
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It took a couple of weeks, but as per usual, our sources were spot-on as Organic has confirmed that Sarah Montague has taken over as SVP/general manager of its San Francisco office. Montague essentially replaces Alle Aufderhaar, who left for the client side a few months ago. The new Organic SF GM arrives from Digitas, where she spent the last two years as SVP/marketing, first in Chicago on Kraft and Kaiser Permanente before helping open the latter agency’s Bay Area branch, where she helped secure digital AOR duties for the likes of eBay and Taco Bell.
Now at Organic SF, Montague will not only oversee staff as is expected, but a client roster that includes Nike, Quaker and Nature’s Way. During her career, the exec also had a stint at SVP/group management director at Draftfcb, where she handled CRM/multi-channel efforts for VW.
Details are still hazy on this one, but word from sources in the know is that Sarah Montague, who’s spent the last two years serving as SVP, marketing at Digitas, is assuming the role of managing director at Organic San Francisco. The latter, Omnicom-owned agency is keeping schtum on the matter for now, but Montague’s impending arrival ends a two-month search for Organic SF, which has been without an MD/GM since Alle Aufderhaar decided to go client-side.
As for Montague, during her two years at Digitas, first in Chicago, then in San Francisco, the exec headed up marketing efforts for the agency’s Kraft and Kaiser Permanente accounts. Prior to Digitas, she spent 15 months as SVP/group management director at Draftfcb on CRM and multi-channel efforts for Volkswagen. We’ll fill in the details when we get them.
Digitas Chicago, home to ridiculous videos from copywriters and “Best Places to Work” honors among other things, has welcomed a pair of Draftfcb alums by the names of Sarah Montague and Brooke Skinner, who will join the Publicis Groupe agency as SVP of marketing and SVP, account planning lead, respectively.
Montague, who served as SVP, group managing director and worked on CRM and multi-channel efforts on Volkswagen while at Draft (for just over a year), will lead marketing efforts for Kaiser Permanente and Kraft at Digitas. As for Skinner, who was SVP, global director of strategic planning at Draft on SC Johnson (RIP), the exec will work across all accounts as planning lead.
Meanwhile on the Digitas Boston front, the agency has brought on Robert Guay as SVP of marketing on the Aflac account. Guay previously worked at Fallon as group account director for, mm, nine months give or take and handled digital strategy on Cadillac.
Some of Digitas Chicago’s most notable accounts include MillerCoors, Kraft and Whirlpool.