So, sources familiar with the matter have sent us a memo from Andrew Keller that has made the rounds in the CP+B camp, which announces that Bill Wright and James Dawson Hollis, offline creative directors that somehow transitioned into the digital business, are leaving the agency. Where to, you ask? Well, Ogilvy West to serve as ECDs. After the jump, check out the memo regarding the pair, who worked on Kraft (“Pudding Face”), Jell-O (“Jiggle It” app), etc.
It is with a heavy and proud heart that I announce that Bill and James will be leaving the agency. They are going to help lead at Ogilvy West. I wish them the best.
Bill was my first partner at CP+B. Actually, he first rejected me when I came to interview at the agency sixteen years ago. He was right. I was “not ready”. Two years later he changed his mind. I was hired and we became partners. Bill is known to be a great writer and a wise leader. But also he is exceedingly humble and gracious. Bill has always been such a big supporter of me in his words, his presence and his simple commitment to making the agency great. And I thank him for that.
James showed up at a time when it seemed like it could be difficult for a creative to make a mark. I remember my first project with James-the Chicken Fight campaign for BK. It was so long ago now but it was clear in that moment that James had great vision and passion. James is such an honestly artistic spirit and calm clear leader and we thank him for all he’s done.
Please be sure to thank both of them for their huge contributions to the agency and your careers (they will be here for a couple more weeks).
Update: Here’s an added comment from the CP+B camp: “We are incredibly proud of Bill and James and all the tremendous work they have done. The reality is that it is precisely because of the opportunities people have here to do such creative work, that we have become one of the first agencies others look to when they need top talent. We won’t stop doing great work so we don’t anticipate this changing. And while that sometimes means saying good-bye, it also means welcoming new friends. The end result is that we have friends in many places all the while spreading creativity, which makes our industry stronger. And that’s a wonderful thing for all of us.”