We’ve received word that Joe Garcia, who’s been with Commonwealth for three years and has previously worked out of McCann Midwest, is no longer with the agency. Garcia served as president of Commonwealth, the IPG-owned, Chevy-focused, Detroit-based branch. Prior to his time at Commonwealth, Garcia spent over seven years at BBDO Detroit, where he last served as president. We’ll keep you posted if and when we hear more.
Update: And so the story goes, McCann has appointed Team Detroit alum Sharon Wacker as managing director, North America while promoting Kate MacNevin to executive director of global operations for Commonwealth. Bill Kolb, CEO of Commonwealth/McCann, says in a statement, Bill Kolb, chairman/CEO of Commonwealth//McCann, said, “We are excited to welcome Sharon. Her deep understanding of the North American auto marketplace makes her ideally suited to the task of building on our success with Chevrolet in North America Kate has an exceptionally effective record of helping to build and expand Chevy’s businesses and is a great judge of not only what builds a strong brand, but also what drives traffic into dealerships. In her expanded new global role she will be key to helping further develop the Chevrolet brand across the globe.”