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McCann NY Makes Some Cuts

We’ve received confirmation that McCann, which of course just brought on Suzanne Powers as its new CSO, has also had to cut some staff this week in its New York hub. Sources tell us that reductions were made in staffing levels and capabilities across departments. The reason? Well, as we’ve seen time and time again in these kinds of situations, it was “to best service clients.” From what we’re hearing, the number of those affected by McCann’s move is over a dozen and less than 20. We’ll fill you in if we hear more.

 

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Here’s What Happening at CP+B Following Powers Departure

Lost in all the hullabaloo of Suzanne Powers‘ departure from CP+B and appointment as EVP/chief strategy officer at McCann is what’s happening on the former’s end in the wake of the move. Our bad. As you may have read, CP+B is restructuring its planning department (or COG department as they call it), axing the global strategy officer position formerly held by Powers to start with. According to CP+B camp, under the new structure, the COG departments in each of the agency’s offices will report to an executive planning director designated for said office. CP+B is kicking things off by promoting Jason De Turris and Benny Thomas to EPDs for Boulder and L.A., with Miami and Europe appointments to be announced at a later date.

In addition, CP+B has launched a new initiative called Mixed Reality Lab, which will be led by nine-year agency vet  Wojtek Szumowski, who currently holds the title of EVP/group director of cognitive and cultural studies. What is Mixed Reality Lab? Well, according to CP+B’s rather poetic description, it’s “designed to continue to question convention, to prototype, experiment and examine the relationships between humans, technology and brands.”

Regarding the planning revamp as a whole, CP+B CEO Andrew Keller says in a statement, “At CP+B, we are constantly reassessing our structure, ensuring that we are meeting and exceeding our clients’ needs in every capacity, and streamlining and redefining as we see fit. This new structure really speaks to where we are as an agency, and the innovation and global strategic insights that we offer our clients are best delivered in this redesign.”

 

Powers Assumes Global CSO Role at McCann

Busy day on the IPG-related front, to say the least, as now McCann Erickson has announced that Suzanne Powers has joined the agency in the global role of EVP/chief strategy officer. Powers takes over for Daryl Lee, who was bumped up to global CEO of McCann sibling, UM. The new global CSO, meanwhile, arrives from CP+B, where she spent two-and-a-half-years in a similar position as global strategy officer.

In a statement, McCann Worldgroup chairman/CEO Harris Diamond says of his agency’s new hire, “We are pleased to have Suzanne join us. Suzanne has the energy, passion and skills to lead our incredibly talented group of strategic executives. She brings us a unique perspective on how to build global insights and ideas across our brands, geographies and culture.”

Prior to CP+B, Powers spent a decade at TBWA, moving up the ranks from account planner to global strategy director, working with brands including Mars, Nivea and GSK along the way.

Tuesday Odds and Ends

-Gannett’s acquisition of social media ad company Blinq is now official. link

-Editor Tracy Hof joined the roster of London/Santa Monica-based Stitch.

-Digitas/VivaKi alum Sam Der-Kazaryan joined Massachusetts-based Blitz Media as VP, director of digital and analytics.

-CP+B comms boss Katie Kempner‘s latest episode of Perspectives features her own agency’s EVP/global strategy officer, Suzanne Powers. link

-Our buddy the Sasquatch takes a break from the woods and indulges his caffeine craving in Carmichael Lynch’s latest campaign for Jack Link’s (above).

-Speaking of Minneapolis agencies, Martin|Williams takes us through its new iPad app for Marvin Windows and Doors. link

-Nominations for the 64th Annual Advertising Hall of Fame are due Sept. 7. link (pdf)

-LinkedIn has confirmed a profile page redesign, adding that more changes are coming. link

 

Powers Takes Global Strategy Post at CP+B

TBWA Worldwide alum Suzanne Powers has joined the executive ranks at Crispin Porter + Bogusky by taking on the position of global strategy officer. During her ten years at TBWA, Powers moved up from account planning director at Chiat\Day\LA to executive director of strategy and business development and was eventually responsible for the strategic leadership of the agency’s global clients such as MARS, Nivea and GSK.

Called “a restless kindred spirit…with unmatched talent and experience in global planning and activation” by CP+B CEO Andrew Keller in a statement, Powers will be spearheading the agency’s global expansion.