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Donovan Splits from McCann NY, Heads West

Sources familiar with the matter confirm that after spending nearly two years as EVP/managing partner at McCann New York, Matt Donovan has moved cross-country to Seattle. For what, you ask? Well, from what we’ve been told by those in the know, Donovan is joining up with a little company called Microsoft. Spies are adding that the exec’s new role at the Redmond, WA giant is global general manager position on Microsoft Windows Phone, though we’re still getting confirmation on that.

Donovan joined McCann in fall 2010 from Euro RSCG, where he held a few positions over a four-year span including chief strategy officer for Euro RSCG Asia-Pacific followed by CSO for Euro 4AD North America. We’ve been told it was an “amicable” split between McCann and Donovan, whose departure comes just a few months after Thom Gruhler left said agency for a VP of marketing post at Microsoft on Windows Phone. Hmm, coincidence or are we noticing a trend here? As for a Donovan successor at McCann, sources familiar say that his responsibilities are being redistributed and there are no plans to hire a director replacement.

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Here’s the Full Memo Regarding Thom Gruhler if You Were Wondering

By now, you probably know that Thom Gruhler has moved up from the McCann NY ranks to a global managing partner role at McCann Worldgroup. Anyhow, here’s a memo regarding the promotion of the fine-dining aficionado, who succeeded Lori Senecal in 2009, from Worldgroup CEO/chairman Nick Brien:

“To all McCann Worldgroup Employees,

As we continue to embark on our transformation together, our global leadership must have a blend of product excellence and leadership vision, delivered with passion, commitment and consistency.

To this end, I am pleased to announce that Thom Gruhler will be elevated from a New York-centric role to a new global post of Global Managing Partner, Telecommunications & Technology, while continuing to partner with the McCann New York-based team on our important Verizon account. As a new and critical role within the organization we plan to expand to other categories in the coming months.

In his new post, Thom will help our agencies around the world further develop their telecommunications and technology expertise, which is an area of explosive global growth. We are delighted Thom has agreed to assume this significant new role, which reflects his deep experience in marketing and advertising, as well as a passion for the sector.

As many of you know, Thom joined McCann in 2004 as head of the Verizon Wireless business, an account he had helmed since 2002. Three years later, he added the post of Director of Account Management for the agency, and later was named Worldwide Account Director of McCann Erickson. In 2009 he was named President of the New York agency. Prior to focusing on telecommunications and technology, Thom’s experience included managing such accounts as Chevrolet, DaimlerChrysler, Hilton and Salomon Smith Barney.

Thom is a proven leader in the fiercely competitive and growing telecommunications and technology category, and he also understands how to leverage the capabilities and power of McCann Worldgroup.

Please join me in congratulating Thom on his new responsibilities.”

Want to Have Lunch with McCann NY’s Prez? Here’s How!

Are you anxious to enjoy some fine-dining courtesy of McCann NY and its president, Thom Gruhler? Well, however positive or negative your response is to that question, the agency’s posted on Twitter that it will give its 10,000th follower an opportunity to chat with Gruhler over a nice meal. For background, Gruhler joined McCann in 2004 and eventually succeeded now-KBS+P partner Lori Senecal in 2009, taking over as EVP, global account director on Verizon in the process.  Bon appetit, epicurists.

McCann NY Adds Managing Partner, Key Tech Hire

McCann New York has a new managing partner in Matt Donovan, whose main tasks are to lead agency operations of course and to ensure that the “transformation plan” ushered in by NY president Thom Gruhler is being adopted by every staffer. Donovan arrives from Euro RSCG, where he’s spent the last four years holding CSO posts, first at Euro Asia Pacific then Euro RSCG 4D, North America.

Along with Donovan’s appointment, McCann NY also welcomed Mark Fallows (pictured) as director of creative technology. Fallows is no stranger to the agency as he’s spent the last four years as head of digital content at McCann’s London office. During his tenure across the pond, Fallows led the team that built the UPS Desktop Widget, which allows UPS customers to track packages on any desktop or handheld device, as well as the “Fable III Kingmaker” location-based game for Xbox that promoted the launch of said game. The U.K. native officially assumes his post today.

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