Cordiant’s De Yturbe Resigns

NEW YORK Cordiant Communications Group, parent to Bates and 141 Worldwide, said Thursday that Jean de Yturbe has stepped down as deputy president of the British holding company. He will remain on the board of directors.

The resignation comes a year after de Yturbe ceded his role as chairman of Bates Europe to Bates U.K. chairman Toby Hoare, who was named regional president of Bates Europe. The move last March was as a part of a reorganization that divided the holding company into three regions headed by three presidents.

De Yturbe, 56, who had joined the company nearly ten years ago as CEO of Bates France, had been relinquishing his duties over the past year, sources said.

Separately, Bates is close to naming Aris Theophilakis, regional creative director for Bates Asia, to the new post of creative director of Bates Europe, CCG confirmed. The post was created to add depth to the U.K. and European creative resources, a representative said.

Bates has also landed a new global assignment for Nokia’s Internet communications division. The account win follows a four-month review against undisclosed contenders.

The assignment, which will include direct marketing and print and Internet advertising, will be handled out of Bates in London and Singapore and 141 in New York, according to a Bates representative. The London and Singapore offices lead the pitch. Billings could not be determined.

The client did not immediately return calls.