Jamie Reilly, who we profiled back in September 2014 after he left 72andSunny to become CCO at Kastner & Partners (and who later discussed the agency’s recent Adidas Golf campaign), has left the Los Angeles shop.
Partner and Managing Director Richard Turner is also no longer with Kastner as of yesterday.
The two declined to speak to us on the record, but here is the official statement from the agency:
Richard, Jamie and the CEO of the International Kastner & Partners network had a long and intensive conversation where they discussed the status and the future of the Los Angeles office. In the end, they all agreed that they had different expectations and visions for the L.A. office.
As a consequence they’ve decided that they will all be happier and more fulfilled by going separate directions. Although having discussed many different logistical possibilities, they decided it would be best to part ways now, instead of drawing out the goodbye.
Kastner & Partners want to thank Richard and Jamie for all their work and leadership and wish them all the best in their future.
Until further notice Thomas Grabner will take over the role as interim CEO of Kastner & Partners in Los Angeles splitting his time between Europe and the US until a new leadership is in place. Thomas Grabner has been the CEO of Kastner & Partners Los Angeles from 2005 until 2012 and knows the team and the market very well.
Both Reilly and Turner have extensive histories in the industry: Reilly began his career as an art director at Deutsch and spent nine years with Media Arts Lab while Turner held positions at Deutsch, Team One, and TBWA\Chiat\Day.
Just two weeks ago, Turner spoke to Adweek about the “biggest U.S. product launch” for the agency’s largest client, Red Bull.
Updates as Kastner & Partners continues its search for replacements.