Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam announced that executive creative director Jeff Kling is leaving the agency to “pursue several independent creative opportunities.” Sounds familiar, nowadays. Anyhow, Kling spent two years at W+K’s Dutch office as ECD and worked on accounts including Nike (the recent “Write the Future” campaign), Coca-Cola, Electronic Arts, Heineken, Honda and ESPN.
In a statement, Kling (who’s been in W+K’s camp for 10 years) says, “I love this agency and its people. I mostly love the agency because the agency IS its people. Wieden+Kennedy generally and Amsterdam specifically have so much firepower it’s unfair, and I feel massively privileged to have played among so much talent for so long.”
Update: Word on the street is that Kling is headed to McCann to apparently replace Joyce King Thomas. We’re still waiting for confirmation on this.
Update 2: We have heard an official “no” from McCann on Kling’s hire. We’ll just wait two months and see what pans out.