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New President/CEO at TBWA Worldwide

Troy Ruhanen

This evening brings news that Troy Ruhanen will succeed Tom Carroll to become the new President/CEO of TBWA Worldwide. (Jean-Marie Dru will retain his position as Chairman of the Agency Network.)

Ruhanen, a member of the AAF Hall of Fame who first earned your Spy’s attention back in 2009 when BBDO created the Deputy Chairman North America position to give him a promotion, spent the last ten months as EVP of the larger Omnicom Group.

In the past, he held several executive positions at BBDO, running the AT&T business prior to being promoted to Deputy Chairman and then CEO of the Americas to oversee its operations in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Before joining Team Omnicom, he also spent three years as Managing Director of Leo Burnett’s office in his native Sydney.

In what’s sure to be a controversial quote, Ruhanen writes that his appointment is “a great honor” due primarily to TBWA’s “unique strategic method in Disruption®”, which “attracts talent, unlike others, and produces work that creates a competitive advantage.”

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Chris Hall Out at BBDO ATL

BBDO has confirmed that Chris Hall (pictured), who has spent over 13 years as president/CEO of its Atlanta office, has left the agency for “personal reasons.” Hall actually took a leave of absence before the holidays but we’ve been told he’s not returning. His responsibilities are currently being handled by BBDO ATL CCO Bobby Pearce and BBDO Americas chairman/CEO Troy Ruhanen while the agency looks for a successor. Prior to his lengthy stay at BBDO, Hall spent time on the new business side at JWT for 13 years.

BBDO Vet Haley is Calling it Quits

Hat tip to our own Bob Marshall for the note regarding the BBDO NY tweet above, which basically explains it all. Denny Haley, in case you were wondering, was a 21-year BBDO vet who eventually took on the dual roles of CCO and president/CEO at the MN office once Bob Thacker resigned back in 2004 (FYI, Thacker eventually came out of retirement a year later to serve as SVP, marketing at OfficeMax and is now working for a nonprofit organization in Chicago). Anyhow, as the tweet says, Haley’s successor is Neil White, who’s been serving an SVP at BBDO Minneapolis for three years. Prior to BBDO, White held account director posts at the likes of BBDO Canada and JWT.

Update: Well, here’s more from the BBDO camp. It’s not an immediate departure as Haley will be transitioning his workload over the next few months and White actually won’t take over until early next year. The new BBDO Minneapolis boss will be aided in his soon-to-be new role by the office’s ECD, Brian Kroening.

Regarding Haley’s resignation, Troy Ruhanen, BBDO chairman, the Americas, says in a statement, “This has been a difficult decision for all. No one wants to see Denny leave.  But if there is anyone who has earned the right to retire on a high, it is Denny.  For more than 20 years, he has poured his heart and soul into BBDO and its clients, helping to grow our Minneapolis office.  He leaves BBDO on a high, and we are fortunate to have someone of Neil’s caliber to succeed him.  We wish Denny all the best of luck…knowing, of course, he will still only be a phone call away.”