Subway CMO Tony Pace Leaving to Start His Own Shop

Departure follows Jared Fogle scandal

Tony Pace, Subway's svp and chief marketing officer, will step down on Sept. 30.

After nearly a decade with the sandwich chain, Pace is leaving to start his own marketing consulting firm, called Cerebral Graffiti. The new firm will focus on "creating enduring brand differentiation" and "maximizing the cross platform deployment of marketing assets," according to a statement.

"Audience fragmentation and the unbundling of marketing services have made it difficult for marketers to have a cohesive and sustained business impact," said Pace in a statement. "Cerebral Graffiti will address that important issue."

Pace's decision to leave the chain comes on the heels of news that former brand spokesman Jared Fogle was caught up in a child-porn investigation. 

In 2006 Pace joined Subway from McCann Erickson where he served as evp, group managing director for the Interpublic Group agency in New York, working for brands like Coca-Cola and Burger King. In 2012, Pace was promoted from CMO of Subway's advertising fund to global CMO. 

It is unclear how Subway will fill Pace's position once he departs in September. A company spokesman confirmed Pace's departure. But the spokesman and Pace did not immediately respond to Adweek's requests for comment.