CP+B VP Leaves for Venables Bell & Partners

By Patrick Coffee 

Today we learned that two longtime Crispin staffers will be moving on.

David Corns, currently VP/director of product and brand invention at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, will leave the agency after nearly nine years to lead accounts at San Francisco’s Venables Bell & Partners.

Allie Cole, Crispin’s “senior cultural anthropologist/planner,” will also leave for an undisclosed position at Boulder/SF digital shop EVB (which AdAge recently called an “agency to watch” for 2015).

Corn’s July 2014 promotion to the invention role inspired some lightly raised eyebrows among our readers. At the time, the agency told us that he would assist in its in-house efforts to “create products, brands and companies from scratch” by “hiring industrial designers and other staff members and taking on new projects.”

Prior to joining CP+B in 2006, Corns managed accounts for Carmichael Lynch as well as the London offices of TBWA and Wieden+Kennedy; at Crispin, he handled Burger King, Applebee’s, and more in addition to promoting the agency’s own products Papa’s Pilar rum and Angel’s Envy bourbon.

Cole, who joined the agency in 2010, was billed as “cognitive anthropologist” in recent campaigns for clients like Fruit of the Loom and A1 Steak Sauce.

We do not have specifics on titles or responsibilities for either party at the moment as none of the three agencies involved have offered comment.