Taney Gets Help in N.Y.; Thompson Heads West
NEW YORK–Foote, Cone & Belding last week made several executive shifts in its senior management ranks triggered by the move of worldwide creative director Geoff Thompson from London to San Francisco.
Thompson, as expected, will fill a gap created by the February departure of executive creative director Paul Wolfe. Thompson was also named chairman, chief executive and chief creative officer in San Francisco. President Jack Boland now reports to him.
Thompson’s promotion over Boland was a surprise to some, since the latter was assured earlier that he would lead the office, sources said. However, Thompson would not agree to move unless he was named the top executive, sources said.
Boland said he has “no problem” with the new arrangement, adding it is “a good thing for this office.”
Worldwide chief executive Brendan Ryan declined comment on the matter.
In other moves, Jeff Tarakajian, New York managing director since July, was named president and chief executive officer. Tarakajian proved his mettle on the United States Postal Service account, which has grown from a small stamp job into the “Fly Like an Eagle” campaign.
Charlie Taney, president in New York, was named chairman of that office and will continue to run the AT&T account.
In San Francisco, Simon Bolton, a regional director for FCB in Southeast Asia, was named managing director. He replaces Tim Elliott, now managing director here.
With AT&T, USPS, Chase Manhattan and Nabisco all handled here, the Elliott and Tarakajian moves help Taney handle day-to-day client chores.
The moves have “dramatically strengthened two offices, and we didn’t weaken anything,” said Ryan.