Bassell Out as Bravo Group CEO

NEW YORK In an unexpected move, Gary Bassell, who in November 2004 was hired by The Bravo Group as chairman and CEO, has left the shop.

In a statement, the company said Bassell left “to pursue other interests.”

Bassell was hired away from Miami-based la comunidad to guide The Bravo Group forward. Eddie Gonzalez, a 24-year Young & Rubicam veteran who began his career at Y&R Puerto Rico, has replaced Bassell. Prior to his appointment, Gonzalez was chairman and CEO of Y&R Madrid.

Executives at the New York-based shop were not immediately available to comment on Bassell’s sudden departure.