Executive Creative Director Nancy Hannon Resigns From Leo Burnett Chicago

By Erik Oster 

Executive vice president, global executive creative director Nancy Hannon announced her resignation from her position at Leo Burnett Chicago.

Sources claim Hannon stepped down on Monday to avoid impending layoffs resulting from the agency’s recent loss of the McDonald’s account and that she has accepted a position at Ogilvy & Mather. Both Leo Burnett and Ogilvy & Mather declined to comment.

Hannon has served in her current role since December of 2014, leading P&G’s global Always account. Before joining Leo Burnett she spent a little over a year as executive vice president, executive creative director at Energy BBDO, focusing on the agency’s Quaker and Bayer accounts. That followed five years as a senior vice president, group creative director with The Martin Agency, where she worked with clients including Walmart, Hanes, the American Cancer Society, Living Social, and Opportunity International. Prior to that she spent over four years as vice president, creative director with Y&R Chicago, focusing on the Sears account.


DDB triumphed over Leo Burnett in the McDonald’s creative review in late August, with the fast food chain choosing to consolidate its account with Omnicom. Earlier that month, Leo Burnett Chicago parted ways with just over twenty employees, after laying off about ten employees in March and an undisclosed number in what the agency described as a “restructuring move” the following month.