Grey Sees Turnover in Creative

In what could be the first in a number of departures from Grey Advertising’s creative department, Jim Morrissey has resigned as executive creative director.
A 19-year veteran of Grey, Morrissey led creative efforts for Sprint, Seagram, 3M and Globalstar. He’s taking a position at Telocity, a Cupertino, Calif.-based Internet access provider. The firm is headed by former Sprint executive Patti Manuel, with whom Morrissey worked closely.
“Jim was considered the fair-haired heir apparent to [chief creative officer] Steve Novick,” said a source, who admitted surprise at Morrissey’s departure. “He’s worked his way up at Grey for years.”
Morrissey could not be reached for comment. Another source said of his exit, “This is just the tip of the iceberg. More people will be leaving the creative department there. [Bob]
Skollar will probably also leave.” The source added that Grey CEO Ed Meyer has been wanting to “clean house” in the creative department and had already begun that process with the hiring late last year of Dave Tutin and Richard Mahan. Both are senior creative directors reporting to Novick.
None of the executives could be reached directly for comment. Novick, through a representative, said there were no immediate plans to replace Morrissey, and that the agency will continue to hire talent.
The representative added neither Novick nor Skollar are leaving the shop, saying 30 new hires joined the creative department in the past year.
Tutin came from McCann-Erickson, San Francisco, where he worked on AT&T and Oracle, which was won by Grey this summer.
Mahan, who previously was at the former Wells BDDP, had worked on its much-lauded Heineken account. Earlier, he was at BBDO, New York, where he co-created Pizza Hut’s “You’ll love the stuff we’re made of” campaign.