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Publicis Groupe’s Level Studios Has a New CEO


Publicis Groupe’s Level Studios has announced the appointment of Dan Connolly as CEO, MediaPost reports. He fills a role left vacant by the departure of Tom Adamski, now CEO of Razorfish Global, for Rosetta in April of 2013.

Connolly, who over the past sixteen months has risen from partner, to president and now CEO, will be responsible for overseeing all business units across the agency’s U.S. and European locations and will also act as a member of the Brand Leadership team for Level Studios’ parent network, Razorfish Global. He will operate primarily out of San Luis Obispo, California but will travel between Level’s offices and clients as part of his expanded role, with an emphasis on the Bay Area and New York. Connoly told MediaPost his objectives in the new role are to complete building “Level’s executive leadership team, align talent across existing and new offices, and to work closely with the newly formed Razorfish Global and Brand leadership teams.” Read more

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We Hear: Big Changes Coming to Rosetta

rosetta_logoToday Rosetta confirmed that it will announce some big changes in its leadership later this week. The move is not unexpected given the September announcement that now-former CEO Tom Adamski would lead the new Razorfish Global network, a group “comprised of the Razorfish, Rosetta, LEVEL Studios and Denuo brands” as well as “portions of the Groupe’s latest acquisition, Nurun.”

Talk amongst various offices hints at a “big reorg” coming. We were told that we would have to wait for the press release for confirmation on details, but the digital grapevine does claim knowledge of some changes:

  • “Several managing partners” have already left the agency
  • The entire lineup will be “streamlined”

The only individual name we hear among the alleged departures is that of Lars Bastholm, who joined Rosetta as its first-ever global CCO almost exactly one year ago after spending time in top creative roles at Cheil USA and AKQA and serving as digital chief at Ogilvy North America. While we can’t confirm that Bastholm is among those leaving the agency, we expect the news to include both hirings and firings.

You may remember that a string of changes preceded this pending shakeup: over the summer, Rosetta lost a COO and a CFO while gaining an ECD and a managing partner. That move followed an April round of reductions affecting approximately five percent of North American staffers as well as the February departure of ECD Dave McClain.

Updates when we receive them…in the form of a press release.

UPDATED: Big Changes at Publicis

Some French dudeIn case you haven’t seen it already this morning, The Publicis Groupe officially rewarded Maurice Levy for his failure today by extending the current chief executive’s role until (approximately) The Avengers 3.

Despite the fact that Levy assured The Guardian that he would “not be seeking a new term” in the halcyon days of 2010 and that other reports had him set to leave next year, it seems that Levy will stick around at least until the approval of all accounts at the end of 2016 — and that he will leave in early 2017.

Obviously, “No clear successor has been appointed to replace Levy.”

Two former candidates will definitely not be replacing him, though.

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Ex-SapientNitro VP Healy Assumes New Role at Rosetta

erichealyAfter spending the last four-and-a-half years at SapientNitro, where he worked out of the agency’s Boston office and last served as VP/general management/new business lead, Eric Healy has moved on to assume a new role at Rosetta. Specifically, Healy will serve as managing partner of the Publicis Groupe-owned agency’s consumer products & retail industry group. As you’d expect, Rosetta CEO Tom Adamski sings the new hire’s praises, saying in a statement, “…Eric is a true superstar, with a glowing record of business development, growth and expansion during the last 16 years. He’s the right leader at the right time to strengthen and solidify our reputation across the rapidly changing consumer products and retail industry.”

Prior to his time at SapientNitro, Healy worked as EVP of corporate development at Aegis and before, spent two years as SVP/director of interactive at Mullen and served for nearly four at Arnold. During his time at Arnold, Healy first oversaw the agency’s interactive practice before taking the lead on strategy, integrated marketing and creative development for its then-existent Vonage account.


Tuesday Odds and Ends

-In case you missed this, here’s a lengthy Forbes list of global agencies that “know social media and Google.” link

-Jersey-based Publicis Groupe agency Rosetta has promoted Tom Adamski and Mark Taylor to president and COO, respectively.

-While we’re on the promotion front, Aegis Media-owned digital performance agency iProspect has elevated Brian Kaminski to U.S. president and JB Brokaw to chief client officer.

-Here’s a quick sneak peek at HUGE’s new L.A. digs on Wilshire Blvd. link

-Bay area boutique Camp+King (how’s the art installation working out, gang?) has taken over as AOR for Mexican fast-food chain, Del Taco.

-By the way, the Chicago Advertising Foundation has named MillerCoors’ VP/media & marketing services Jackie Woodward as its 2012 Advertising Woman of the Year. link

-Aardman Animations teamed up with London indie agency isobel to promote U.K. shopping center, Bullring (above).  Check out the making-of clip here.

-Dove is delving into mobile ads to boost its social media presence. link

-Man, Urban Outfitters can never get it right these days. link