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Two Executives Leave R/GA San Francisco

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This afternoon we learned that two executives are no longer with R/GA’s San Francisco office.

We don’t have much in the way of details, but we know that Managing Director Steve Weinswig and ECD Rob Smiley have left the IPG shop.

Weinswig joined R/GA as VP/MD in December 2011; he previously served as manager of San Francisco’s frog design and arrived at the agency with more than two decades of experience including a stint in accounts at Leo Burnett. He also helped co-manage R/GA’s Los Angeles office, which opened in 2013.

Smiley was promoted to the ECD position in early 2011 along with Mark Shewmaker, who is now chief experience officer at another Bay Area agency, SMITH. Prior to joining R/GA as a freelance CD, Smiley directed creative in-house at Apple, served as GCD and global creative director on Absolut at TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, and helped launch Chiat’s San Francisco office while working with clients like Levi’s.

A spokesman describes the decision to part ways with R/GA as “mutual,” noting that R/GA appreciates the work done by both parties over the years.

In case you missed them, the agency’s latest spots for Beats have been getting a good bit of attention from trade and sports/entertainment press outlets.

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Another Day, Another R/GA Office Opens

Wait, didn’t this just happen, like twice over recently? Well, yes, but R/GA appears to be opening up shop like Barnes & Noble in the late 90s/early aughts, the latest being an L.A. office, which has officially opened its doors just two months after the agency for the digital age settled in Sydney. The new Santa Monica branch marks R/GA’s second California-based space, following San Francisco of course, and currently houses five staffers with seven open positions that are in the process of being filled over the next couple of weeks. According to the IPG agency, the goal is to expand to 30 employees in its first year.

As for leadership, R/GA plucked several staffers from within including a few who worked on Nike business for years such as Tara Greer, ECD, experience design, Mark Laughlin, ECD, visual design, and Luke Stiles, senior technology director. Rounding out the management in the City of Angels are Andy Sullivan, MD/biz dev, senior producer Chris Sullivan and Steve Weinswig, currently VP/managing director at R/GA SF who will pull double-duty for the time being as interim managing director in LA.

In terms of clients, those in the know tell us that the R/GA L.A. crew is “working with an existing client that we aren’t able to disclose right now along with moving forward in some pitch work for clients in the area.”
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Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Former frog design GM Steve Weinswig is now the head of R/GA’s 42-strong San Francisco office.

-Leo Burnett alum Bob Maloney has taken on the CFO role at Deutsch LA.

-BooneOakley celebrates Chiquita moving its corporate HQ from Cincinnati to Charlotte (the latter of which is known as “the Queen City” to some) with the billboard/print effort above.

-The Sofia Vergara-starring, PMH-created Kmart spot got a little tweak on Conan last night (look around the 9:00 mark). link

-AT&T will keep fighting for T-Mobile. link

-Yahoo EVP/CMO Elisa Steele will be leaving the company on Dec. 9. link

-San Francisco agency Catalyst S+F is reaching out to media buyers with its “Good Buys Media” service. link

-Buddy Media and comScore have formed a partnership. link

-Tribal DDB Europe will have a new president come Jan. 1. link