Elliott Weighing Return

FCB’s New York Office Invites S.F. Exec Back
SAN FRANCISCO–Tim Elliott, managing director of Foote, Cone & Belding here, is being quietly courted by FCB’s New York office, which wants him to return in a “management capacity,” said sources.
The overtures for Elliott come as FCB San Francisco is already expecting many “changes and adjustments at the management level” during the coming year, sources said. These will entail new management hires and internal restructuring that will likely include the return of worldwide creative director Geoff Thompson [Adweek, Nov. 23]. Although FCB executives have not announced Thompson’s appointment as chief creative office here, sources said it will happen soon. Thompson will be working directly with Jack Boland, FCB San Francisco’s president and chief executive officer, said sources.
Elliott served as executive vice president and worldwide account director on FCB New York’s Citibank business before leaving a year ago to help manage the San Francisco office with Boland. Elliott and executives with FCB New York declined to comment.
Sources said Elliott is considering the offer, but emphasized that he is very happy in San Francisco. “It would take something really special for him to make a move right now,” said one source.
Separately, FCB late last week learned it has lost the estimated $10-15 million media portion of the Janus Funds account. The Denver-based client moved its business to Media That Works, Cincinnati, without a review. FCB retains creative duties for the financial company.
“[Janus] felt that as … they move into more specialized fields such as local marketing, an independent, specialized media management company could best meet those needs,” the agency said in a statement. –with staff reports