Lubars, White Both Rise to President as Agency Eyes Succession
CHICAGO–A new management structure at Fallon McElligott in Minneapolis solidifies the leadership under agency founder and chairman Pat Fallon and paves the way for eventual succession.
Creative director David Lubars, 40, and planning director Rob White, 42, are both adding the title of president, clearly establishing their leadership roles at the agency.
Mark Goldstein gets the new title of chief marketing officer, and continues to be in charge of overall growth and new business efforts.
Director of account services Eric Block was named general manager. Staney Rostad, who joined the agency as chief financial officer last October, rounds out the revamped management team.
Fallon, 53, will continue as chairman of the nearly $500 million agency, splitting his time between the Minneapolis, New York and London offices.
Lubars, who joined Fallon as creative director seven months ago, said the structure secures leadership at the agency’s Minneapolis headquarters while giving Fallon himself “the ability to think about the larger picture.”
While the new setup is intended as a general succession plan, the agency said Fallon has no plans to retire or leave. Fallon declined to elaborate on the changes beyond a prepared statement.
“The new structure lends clarity and continuity to our responsibilities and establishes a template for empowering the next generation of leadership at Fallon McElligott,” he said in that statement.
Bill Westbrook, Lubars’ predecessor as president and creative director, assumes the title of president of international, recruiting partners for new international offices, possibly in Asia and South America.
Irv Fish, named chief operating officer in October, will oversee operational and financial operations for the organization. Joe Duffy remains chairman of the shop’s Duffy Design and Interactive unit.
Management in New York and London is unaffected by the changes. Alison Burns continues as president of Fallon New York, heading a four-person management team.
In London, Robert Senior, Laurence Green, Michael Wall, Richard Flintham and Andy McLeod continue as owner-partners.
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