JWT’s Chicago Chiefs to Exit

NEW YORK The leaders of JWT in Chicago are leaving, just weeks after Kraft put the bulk of the office’s business into review.

Chicago president Ros King will shift to the agency’s London office at the end of July, and ecd Graham Woodall will leave in the next few weeks, a JWT representative confirmed. King has been president since September 2005 and Woodall has led the creative department since June 2004.

New York co-presidents Rosemarie Ryan and Ty Montague will now oversee the Chicago office. (The latter is also JWT’s CCO here.)

“Rosemarie Ryan and Ty Montague are taking on a broader management role within JWT North America and will manage the Chicago office,” said worldwide CEO Bob Jeffrey, in a statement. “Chicago is and always will be an important part of the JWT portfolio and we are committed to our people and our clients.”

JWT is a unit of WPP Group.

Major media spending on the Kraft brands exiting JWT in Chicago was about $200 million last year, according to Nielsen Monitor-Plus. They include Lunchables, which shifted to Interpublic Group’s DraftFCB in Chicago, and five other brands now in review: Oscar Mayer, Grey Poupon, Kraft Singles, Ritz Crackers and Triscuit.

The office, which has more than 90 staffers, still handles U.S. creative duties on Kraft’s Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Wheat Thins; JWT’s overseas Kraft assignments include Jacob Suchard, Vegemite, Kenco and Royal.

JWT Chicago’s other major client is Nestle, for which it handles Toll House, Stouffer’s Red Box frozen foods, Butterfinger, Stixx and Treasures.