GSD&M Parts Ways with CCO Mike Wilson After Seven Months

By Kiran Aditham 

It looks like Mike Wilson is having trouble fitting in yet again. Seven months after apparently getting the boot from his EVP/CCO gig at Dentsu, Wilson is now out as CCO at his follow-up employer, GSD&M Idea City. Once again, we’re being told he just “wasn’t the right fit.” Early on in his career, though, Wilson did rack up some tenure at Ogilvy, where he spent over 10 years and eventually assumed the worldwide creative director post until 2006.

After the jump, check out a memo that GSD&M president/CEO Duff Stewart just sent out to staff this afternoon.


Today was Mike Wilson’s last day with GSD&M after nearly seven months as our chief creative officer. While Mike and GSD&M were not a good fit, he has impressive credentials and deep industry experience and I know you share my sincere wish for Mike’s every future success.

We enter our 40th anniversary year with great momentum as an agency. Over the past couple years we’ve worked hard to live our values, expand our capabilities and drive results for our clients and agency. We still have a lot of work ahead. And it’s never been more important to have the right people in the right roles doing the right things – it’s the blueprint for our success.

Finding the right creative leader for this agency is a vital part of the transition to our next generation of leaders. And while it may be a challenging search, it’s one to which I’m committed. In the meantime, the heads of the four creative groups – John Trahar, Victor Camozzi and Bryan Edwards, Luke Sullivan and David Crawford – will continue in their creative leadership roles and Greg Lane will handle the day-to-day operations of the department. All of those people will report directly to me.

Thanks to each of you for all you do for our clients and agency. Through hard work and an unwavering commitment to nothing less than the right solution, we’re building the agency we want to be.