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Posts Tagged ‘Sean Lyons’

Here’s Some Clarification on Havas NY Cuts

We’ve received several tips, always in the doomsday form, from every which way or another (and from different IP’s, mind you) regarding cuts at Havas New York. Well, sources familiar with the matter confirm that five people across departments were let go at the agency’s Big Apple branch. We’ve been told that the cuts were not directly related to any client issues but is merely a “readjustment” of staff (so, yeah, no word if this were a direct effect of its ties with Beam). But, yeah, from what we’ve been told, the agency has hired approximately 20 people in the last month and if you recall, has also added Sean Lyons and Vin Farrell to the mix from R/GA. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything more.

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Tuesday Odds and Ends

-Here’s a PDF rundown of your 2013 One Show finalists. link

-Former Nice Shoes creative director Aron Baxter has joined bi-coastal VFX/design firm Poetica as senior VFX artist. link

-Former Vimeo global comms director Deborah Szajngarten has joined Cambridge, MA-based rich media/mobile ad serving/analytics company Celtra as VP of marketing communications.

-Here are five ways ousted JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson screwed up at the company, in his own words. link

-Nearly a week after we first mentioned it, guess it’s true that R/GA’s Sean Lyons is indeed joining up with Havas Worldwide. link

-Following Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, MO, Austin is the third city to gain access to Google Fiber. link

-TM Advertising has unveiled its latest work for Pacific Gas & Electric Company (above).

-Creative music agency Jingle Punks has promoted VP of brand strategy Brian Wahlund to chief strategy officer and has hired Michelene Starnadori as VP of production. The latter will be working out of the Punks’ New York office.

-Sports & entertainment graphics brand Fathead has tapped “Now Data” company eWayDirect to help it better qualify and generate leads.

We Hear: Lyons Joining Farrell at Havas?

Well, since our inquiries last week to Havas regarding Vin Farrell went nowhere because Adweek apparently had some exclusive/vice grip on the agency’s comms, let’s just go “we hear” on this one before another “exclusive” pops up. Along with said agency’s new global chief content officer, we’ve been hearing all week that fellow R/GA-er Sean Lyons is following suit and joining up with Havas. Lyons has spent well over eight years at the agency for the digital age and for the last year has served as SVP, operations and business planning.

During his lengthy stay at R/GA, Lyons has moved up the ladder from group director to managing director to his current SVP post. We’ve checked in with both camps about the apparent move, but have yet to hear back. Maybe it was something we said, but we’ll let you know if we hear more.