R/GA Announces CSO Promotion, Managing Director Departure

Two TBWA Staffing Updates

Today we learned more about the status of two now-former TBWA executives: TBWAChiatDay ECD Patrick O’Neill has joined a startup and George Nguyen is no longer managing director or chief strategy officer at TBWAToronto.

The news about O’Neill, who left the agency back in January in a move that inspired quite a bit of speculation on this very blog, broke yesterday with the announcement that his new position would be CCO at Theranos, a consumer healthcare tech company based in Silicon Valley that focuses on offering testing services outside the lab at its many “testing centers” (some of which have recently appeared in Walgreens).


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TBWA Makes Leadership Changes in Canada

georgenhuyenWell, we’ve been hearing murmurs over the week about the status of George Nguyen, who has spent approximately the last eight months serving as managing director at TBWA\Toronto, which also works with the agency’s usual suspects including Nissan and Gatorade as well as several Canadian brands (as you’d expect). Well, Nguyen’s position has now changed as he’s assumed the role of chief strategy officer for the Toronto office (the managing director post is now obsolete). Prior to TBWA\Toronto, Nguyen spent four years as managing director of the network’s Vietnam branch. During his career, he’s also held planning posts at Arnold, Lowe and StrawberryFrog.

Along with Nguyen’s change in position, sources familiar with the matter tell us that Jay Bertram, who was running both TBWA\Canada and TBWA\Latin America, has returned to serve full-time as president of the former. From what we’ve been told, TBWA  closed the Latam regional office “a short while ago” and relocated those on accounts to LA or New York and central support staff to New York. Bertram has had two tours of duty with TBWA, the most recent one lasting a dozen years. During his career, he also spent a lengthy amount of time as an exec at Cossette.

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