Saatchi CCO Granger Heads to Y&R

NEW YORK Tony Granger, chief creative officer at Publicis Groupe’s Saatchi & Saatchi here, is leaving to become worldwide creative director at WPP Group’s Young & Rubicam, Y&R confirmed.

Y&R today announced the hire internally. Granger is not expected to start until next year, a Y&R representative said. He fills a vacancy left by the December 2006 exit of Michael Patti.

Saatchi declined comment, and Granger could not immediately be reached.

In an internal e-mail revealing the hire, Y&R worldwide CEO Hamish McLennan described Granger as “one of the top creative talents in the business,” adding that he has “built his reputation by creating outstanding work that gets results in the marketplace” and has “earned respect from his industry colleagues for being an inspiring, passionate leader.”

McLennan added: “Tony is the perfect choice as my creative partner as we continue to reinvent our agency for today’s market challenges.”

Granger became the top creative at Saatchi’s New York headquarters in October 2004, replacing Tod Seisser. Before that, Granger ran the creative department at Saatchi’s London office.

Earlier in his career, Granger was creative chief at Bozell in New York. He first made a name for himself at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he worked from 1988 through early 2001.