Moudry Leaves Focus

Accepts Group CD Position at Carmichael
DALLAS–The Focus Agency lost its top creative director last week to a suitor from the north, Carmichael Lynch.
Tom Moudry, executive creative director at the Dallas agency, confirmed last week he is moving to Carmichael in Minneapolis, where he will become group creative director and senior partner.
“I’m packing boxes as we speak,” Moudry said. His new job begins Sept. 7.
Moudry, a Minneapolis native, spent more than six years in Dallas, beginning as creative director with DDB Needham.
Moudry, 38, made his mark at DDB by developing the “Mosquito” spot for Tabasco, along with fellow creative Galen Greenwood. The ad was the first and only entry from the Southwest to win a gold Lion at the annual Cannes Festival. He also directed creative work for GTE and Shell Energy.
Moudry shifted to Focus when parent company Omnicom spun off the GTE account group into a separate agency.
“Texas has been a great place to be; I’m going to miss everyone I’ve worked with,” said Moudry. “I just think that Carmichael is known for doing great work and I respect their creative product.”
Focus Group president Mike Sullivan said creative directors Doug Githens and Brad Groom will jointly assume Moudry’s former responsibilities. The agency did not conduct an external search for a replacement.
“It’s an opportunity for them and neat for Tom,” said Sullivan.