Vice president and executive creative director Michael Ewing has left Hadeler Sullivan Ewing here, citing slow progress in gaining equity in the shop, he said last week.
Ewing said other than freelance work, he is uncertain where he will turn next.
The agency has launched a national hunt for a new executive creative director, according to president David Hadeler.
Ewing's departure ends his three years at the shop, which will maintain the Hadeler Sullivan Ewing nameplate for the time being. Ewing, 41, served stints at what was then Tracy-Locke/DDB Needham and Levenson & Hill, both Dallas, and Lord, Dentsu & Partners in New York. His commercial reel includes "Super Dave" Haggar apparel spots and Churchs Fried Chicken work.
Ewing said his move was one "that must take place for me to achieve my goals." Among them was gaining a piece of Hadeler Sullivan Ewing, he said.
"Did I foresee becoming an equity partner? My comment to that is that I would have liked that position in the partnership, but I didn't see it happening," said Ewing, who submitted his resignation on Nov. 4. He declined comment on whether ownership in the shop was promised him or not, but Hadeler said such a move was in the works.
"We had a plan in place to make that happen," said Hadeler, "so I'm a little surprised to hear that. We've had attorneys working on those agreements for a long time."
"The goal was to sell him part of the agency, but it had not happened as of yet," Hadeler said.
When asked if other principals in Hadeler Sullivan Ewing and its coterie of sister firms held ownership, he said, "They will very soon."
Ewing said he has numerous options ahead, including the possibility of opening his own agency. He will "see what lies out there for me," he added. "I am set on finding a situation that will meet the future goals I have for myself and my family."