Euro RSCG Shakes Up Management

NEW YORK Havas’ Euro RSCG has dismissed the network’s global CMO Mark Lepere and Ben Langdon, CEO of its London office, sources said.

“Ben and Mark have left the agency,” said Euro RSCG global CEO David Jones, who declined to elaborate. Neither Lepere nor Langdon could be reached for comment.

Chris Pinnington, who had been CEO of Euro RSCG’s U.K. operations, will become interim CEO of the London office until a replacement for Langdon is found, sources said. It has not been determined if Lepere will be replaced.

Both executives were hired by former Euro RSCG global CEO Jim Heekin, who left the network in August, and has since been hired at WPP Group’s Grey Worldwide as its chief executive.

Langdon joined Euro RSCG in March 2004, just months after opening Ben Mark Orlando in London with former Euro London creative Mark Wnek. Wnek is now chief creative officer at the New York office of Interpublic Group’s Lowe.

Heekin hired Lepere, 45, in November 2003 from IPG’s McCann Erickson in London, where he was an evp on the global Microsoft account.

Heekin was CEO of IPG’s McCann WorldGroup from 2000 to 2003. During that time both Langdon and Lepere worked closely with him.