Staffen Leaves DDB for Third Time

NEW YORK John Staffen, co-executive creative director of DDB’s office here, is leaving the shop, the agency said on Friday.

Staffen, 43, has spent a total of 18 years at DDB, a unit of the Omnicom Group. He first arrived in 1984 but left five years later, returning in 1990. He left the agency again in Feb. 1994, only to return in June.

He was not immediately available for comment.

“DDB and John Staffen have decided to part ways,” said a representative for the agency. “We respect his contributions and wish him well.”

Lee Garfinkel, chairman and chief creative officer, is interviewing talent to find a replacement, the rep said. Staffen shared the co-ecd title with John Russo.

Staffen’s recent work included campaigns for Hershey’s and the New York Lottery.