In a surprise move, former Earle Palmer Brown general manager Michael Rowland left his Bethesda, Md., office on Friday, March 27, and started work at Baltimore's Eisner & Associates on Monday morning, March 30.
Rowland has joined Eisner as senior vice president and management supervisor on the Maryland Lottery account. "It's very important for me to bring my work life in harmony with my personal life," said Rowland, who lives with his wife and children in Baltimore. "This opportunity arose--leading the lottery and beefing up the long-term commitment to the project."
EPB president Jeb Brown said that the parting with Rowland was amicable. "He's a good fellow. Of course we have plans to replace him and plans for the Bethesda office," Brown said. He confirmed those plans include acquiring an agency, but declined to elaborate.
"Michael was coming up from Baltimore every day and it proved too difficult for him personally," said Brown. "We're sorry to see him leave."
Day-to-day operations at EPB Bethesda will fall on David Haan, chief operating officer for the Philadelphia and Bethesda offices, and Julie Ward, associate general manager, Bethesda.
Steve Eisner, president of Eisner & Associates, said, "[Rowland will] be a tremendous asset in anchoring our combination branding and retail approach."
Rowland acknowledged there were differences in his advertising and new business philosophies that also contributed to his departure.