FCB’s Taney to Depart

NEW YORK Charlie Taney, vice chairman of Interpublic Group’s Foote, Cone & Belding Worldwide, is leaving the shop, effective Sept. 8, agency representative Bill Haney confirmed.

“We are in the process of adding to our executive ranks,” Haney said. “It hasn’t been decided whether or not he’ll be replaced.

Taney will be joining an entrepreneurial company in New York., sources said. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

His exit comes on the heels of an offer by FCB to Steve Blamer to become North American chief executive officer, a new post at FCB, sources said [Adweek Online, Aug. 22]. Blamer, 47, is currently president of Grey Global Group’s Grey in New York. If Blamer, 47, accepts the offer, he would be the heir apparent to FCB Worldwide CEO Brendan Ryan, sources said.

Haney would not comment on open positions or candidates being interviewed by FCB.

Taney, 60, returned to FCB in January 2002 to supervise the JP Morgan Chase and Jamaica Tourism accounts as well as help manage agency operations.

He left the agency in 1999, where he had been president of New York and headed up the agency’s then AT&T account. After nearly three years at New York consultancy Gilbert Taney Farlie, Taney returned to FCB.