New Chief Strategy Officer, Executive Creative Director Leave TBWA\Media Arts Lab After Less Than 6 Months

By Erik Oster 

Back in March, we posted on chief strategy officer Rebecca Stambanis and executive creative director Jorge Calleja joining TBWA\Media Arts Lab following the departures of Marc-Antoine Jarry and Eric Grunbaum the previous month.

Now, less than six months later, both Stambanis and Calleja are no longer with the agency.

Executive director of integration Kaitlyn Wilkins, who joined TBWA\Media Arts Lab in March after overseeing strategy and integration for all brand and product marketing campaigns at Burberry London, has also left the Apple shop. A spokesperson for TBWA\Media Arts Lab confirmed the departures, but declined to comment further.


Before joining TBWA\MAL, Stambansis spent over five years at W+K Portland as global group strategy director on the Nike account. That followed over two and a half years as deputy director of brand strategy at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, working with clients including Nintendo, Comcast and Haagen-Dazs.

Calleja joined TBWA\MAL following several years as executive creative director at The Martin Agency, leading the agency’s Tic Tac, Stoli and Mondelez accounts. He also spent time as a creative director with Sid Lee and W+K, where he focused on the Coca-Cola business.

The quick exits of Stambansis, Calleja and Wilkins mark the latest in a series of executive departures at Media Arts Lab. In addition to Jarry and Grunbaum leaving in February, worldwide managing director Dave Dreyer and executive creative director Steve Turner both left TBWA\Media Arts Lab in April.

Multiple parties alerted us to the pending news, but we have not yet received any word as to why they left the agency or why their departures came so soon after the initial hiring news.