Staffing Cuts at mcgarrybowen New York and Chicago

By Patrick Coffee 

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We just confirmed a series of tips we received today regarding staffing changes/reductions at mcgarrybowen’s offices in New York and Chicago.

Much of the recent news for the agency has been positive: earlier this month it won the Intel account and debuted campaigns for Verizon and Courtyard by Marriott, among others.


As of today, however, at least two dozen employees are no longer with the agency. Here’s the official statement:

“As our clients’ marketing and business needs continue to evolve rapidly, so too must we. Today we realigned our North American teams, which resulted in a staff reduction of less than 4 percent in our New York and Chicago offices.”

Tipsters held that the total number dismissed was less than 10 in Chicago and up to 30 in New York; the 4 percent quote seems to confirm the overall total if not the estimates for each office.

mcgarrybowen has seen some major changes over the past six months: Tom Sewell took over the presidency in May before the agency lost Pizza Hut to Deutsch LA, and today brought news that parent company Dentsu Aegis had purchased the London-based mobile specialty agency Fetch Media, which will work with the other agencies on its roster.

But as of this moment, we have no word on the reason behind the realignment or the departments affected.