Bozell’s Creative Exodus Continues

NEW YORK Three more senior-level creative staffers are leaving Bozell as the Interpublic Group agency prepares to merge with sibling Lowe. Bozell group creative directors Jan Jacobs and Porky Hefer and senior copywriter Amber Logan have resigned, the New York shop confirmed.

Last week, managing partner, ecd David Nobay told the 60-person creative department that he was departing April 1 to pursue another opportunity. He is still mulling a job offer in Singapore and another in Sydney, Australia, sources said. A replacement is being sought to assume Nobay’s duties, the agency said.

Jacobs and Logan, who married each other in December, have been considering a career change, Jacobs said. “Then we heard about the merger [with Lowe],” he said. “It was a catalyst for change.” The newlyweds are exploring a few options, and plan to travel along the West Coast in the meantime.

Hefer is leaving to become creative director of Lowe subsidiary Lowe Bull Calvert Pace in Cape Town, South Africa.

All three were recruited by former managing partner, executive creative director Tony Granger, who left earlier this year to replace ecd David Droga at Saatchi & Saatchi in London. Jacobs and Hefer previously worked at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Granger was co-creative director before joining Bozell in January 2001. Logan was at South African competitor Net#work BBDO.

Jacobs, 32, who joined in July 2001, worked on “Got Milk?” and Bank of America ads as well as the award-winning New York Times campaign that superimposed post-9/11 images over Norman Rockwell art. Hefer, 34, crafted campaigns for Excedrin and Novartis. Logan, 31, worked on various efforts, including the “Got Milk?” print campaign that featured Alfred E. Neuman.

Hefer exits this Friday; Jacobs and Logan’s last day is next Thursday. No decision has been made about whether they will be replaced.