While we’re on the DigitasLBi tip today, we figured we’d provide a quick update on some staffing moves in its Chicago office in case you haven’t heard. We’ve received confirmation that most recently, Stephanie Skinner, who’s served in the Windy City as VP/group director, project management, has resigned from DigitasLBi as her family is relocating. Brooke Skinner, SVP of strategy/account planning at DigitasLBi Chicago and San Francisco since 2011 (and who you may remember from this) actually left the agency two months ago for the head of brand strategy position at Twitter’s central region, a role she officially assumed this month. Finally, David Burns, who’s spent nearly two years at DigitasLBi Chicago as VP/director, experience design, resigned from the agency several weeks ago. As of now, we can ascertain that all said departures are unrelated.
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Crain’s Chicago Business confirms tips that we received about 10 days ago (and which we wish we were able to verify at the agency’s SXSWi party) that a little recruiting violation has compelled Draftfcb to sue Digitas and two former employees, Brooke Skinner and Kevin Drew Davis. Here was the tip we got, verbatim, in the AM on Monday, March 5:
“DRAFTFCB Chicago may file a lawsuit against DIGITAS Chicago.
New head of account planning at Digitas, Brooke Skinner, came from Draft, and has interviewed and made offers to planners at Draft.
As if the non-compete wasn’t obvious, Digitas new HR recruiter, Maureen Murray, just came from Draft, where she used to recruit for account planning.”
While Murray wasn’t mentioned in the Chicago Business report, the trade does state that the Draft complaint indeed stems from the agency’s belief that Skinner and Drew Davis wrongly recruited former colleagues after joining Digitas. Let the Windy City riff-raff commence. We’re trying to get some sort of comment from DFCB if possible, but in the meantime, read the Crain pub’s full report here.
Update: Well, Draftfcb’s statement to us is the same one they gave Chicago Business. In case you didn’t have the patience to scroll down to the bottom of that piece, here you go: “It is against company policy to discuss specifics around any pending litigation. We will say that if former employees violate non-solicitation agreements that they had willfully signed we will take the necessary steps to enforce those agreements.”
Digitas Chicago, home to ridiculous videos from copywriters and “Best Places to Work” honors among other things, has welcomed a pair of Draftfcb alums by the names of Sarah Montague and Brooke Skinner, who will join the Publicis Groupe agency as SVP of marketing and SVP, account planning lead, respectively.
Montague, who served as SVP, group managing director and worked on CRM and multi-channel efforts on Volkswagen while at Draft (for just over a year), will lead marketing efforts for Kaiser Permanente and Kraft at Digitas. As for Skinner, who was SVP, global director of strategic planning at Draft on SC Johnson (RIP), the exec will work across all accounts as planning lead.
Meanwhile on the Digitas Boston front, the agency has brought on Robert Guay as SVP of marketing on the Aflac account. Guay previously worked at Fallon as group account director for, mm, nine months give or take and handled digital strategy on Cadillac.
Some of Digitas Chicago’s most notable accounts include MillerCoors, Kraft and Whirlpool.