Thompson Set To Lead FCB S.F.

Foote, Cone & Belding has made a swathe of executive shifts in its senior management triggered by the move of worldwide creative director Geoff Thompson from its London office to San Francisco.
Thompson, as expected, will fill a hole created by executive creative director Paul Wolfe, who left in February. Thompson also becomes chairman, chief executive and chief creative officer there, with president Jack Boland now reporting to him.
That Thompson was promoted over Boland was a surprise to some, as the latter was said to have been assured he would lead the office, sources said. But Thompson would not move unless he was the top executive, the 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.
Simon Bolton, FCB regional director in Southeast Asia, becomes San Francisco’s managing director. He replaces Tim Elliott, who becomes managing director in New York. Jeff Tarakajian, New York managing director, becomes president and chief executive officer. Tarakajian proved his mettle on the U.S. 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. He will also run the AT&T account. With AT&T, USPS, Chase Manhattan and Nabisco all handled in New York, the moves of Elliott and Tarakajian help Taney, who bore the brunt of day-to-day client chores.