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Here’s a Quick Memo Regarding Pierre Lipton’s Departure

By now, you’ve probably heard that after a two-year stint at AKQA’s San Francisco office, Pierre Lipton has joined up with M&C Saatchi New York to serve as chief creative officer. Here’s a rather brief memo from AKQA SF managing director Simon Jefferson to staff regarding Lipton’s departure:

“I wanted to send you news of a recent change in our staffing.

After much thought, Pierre Lipton, our Executive Creative Director, has decided to leave AKQA and move back to his home city of New York to work for another agency. I’d like to thank him for his commitment to the business and wish him all the very best for the future.

Rei Inamoto and I are currently working on a transition plan, which we will share with you shortly. In the meantime, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact either myself or Rei directly.

Thanks for your support and understanding during this period of change.”

Lipton, if you recall, originally joined AKQA’s Bay Area branch as a GCD on Xbox following a two-and-a-half year stint as VP/creative director at BBDO New York. He was promoted to head of creative at AKQA SF in January.

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AKQA On a Promotion Spree?

Over the last hour, a couple of tipsters have sent us what appears to be a brief memo sent from AKQA founder Ajaz Ahmed to staff regarding a slew of new promotions across the board from San Francisco to Amsterdam. We’re checking with the newly christened WPP agency to get some verification on the matter, but you can see the note verbatim for yourself below of what the new leadership looks like at the digital network.

“Team,

In recognition of their contribution to our clients and company, I’m delighted to announce a number of promotions that are effective immediately.

Please join me in congratulating the team:

- Guy Wieynk promoted to Vice President, International
- Stuart Sproule promoted to Managing Director, International Operations & Talent
- Simon Jefferson promoted to Managing Director, San Francisco
- Erik Rogstad promoted to Managing Director, Washington DC
- Scott Symonds promoted to Managing Director, Media
- Matthew Bain promoted to Managing Director, Amsterdam

These promotions give us more agility, organisation and focus as we work together to unlock the tremendous opportunities ahead.

With thanks and best wishes,
Ajaz.”

Let’s give you a little background on a few of these folks if you need. Wieynk has served as AKQA European MD and was tasked with leading the newly opened Paris office at the beginning of the year. Symonds has been with AKQA for five years, joining from Agency.com and Sproule has had an 11-year run at AKQA, most recently serving as MD for the San Francisco and Shanghai offices.