CP+B Fires Chief Creative Officer Ralph Watson

Agency declined to elaborate on his departure

Former CP+B chief creative officer Ralph Watson, who was fired in February, has filed a civil case.
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Crispin Porter + Bogusky today fired Ralph Watson from his role as vp, chief creative officer.

“I can confirm that Ralph Watson is no longer with CP+B,” a spokesperson confirmed. The representative declined to elaborate, saying, “We do not comment on the details of any individual personnel decisions at the agency.”

Watson first joined the MDC Partners agency as creative lead at its Boulder, Colo., headquarters in early 2014. He replaced Rob Reilly, who departed several months prior to become global creative chairman at McCann Worldgroup.

The CCO remained at CP+B following a series of executive-level changes that saw the departure of CEO Andrew Keller and the promotion of Lori Senecal to the newly created global CEO position. Keller later landed at Facebook, and Senecal stepped down at the end of 2017 to make way for Erik Sollenberg, whose agency Forsman & Bodenfors had been acquired by MDC the previous year.

Before joining CP+B, Watson held top creative roles at agencies including Arnold, Saatchi & Saatchi, BBDO and Goodby Silverstein & Partners.

He is the latest in a series of agency executives to abruptly leave their jobs in recent weeks with little explanation. That list now includes Joe Alexander of The Martin Agency, Andrew Christou of Publicis Seattle, Paul Colman of Wieden + Kennedy London and Droga5’s Ted Royer, who was fired on Thursday.

Publicis and The Martin Agency later acknowledged that they had reached monetary settlements in response to past sexual harassment claims involving their chief creative officers.

Watson could not be reached for comment today.