Top 14 ‘People’ Posts of 2014

By Patrick Coffee 


Last week we shared the work that earned the most clicks on our blog over the past twelve months, and today we’ve finally gotten to the real news: staffing updates and assorted “people” stories.

2014 included the usual share of hires, re-organizations and, of course, layoffs. If anything, the posts in this roundup reflect the year at large: a bit of shallow humor and a bunch of unfortunate headlines.


1. Pornhub Selects Winner of Creative Director Challenge

The year’s biggest staffing story wasn’t a real staffing story…but it did include the word “porn” in its headline.

2. Layoffs at W+K Portland

“I recommend all those who just lost their jobs use this time to find a real career.”

3. Stefan Sagmeister to Creatives: “No, F*ckhead, You Are Not a Storyteller”

4. Big Changes at Publicis

Stein was out, Adamski was up, Desmond was safe…and Maurice Levy will stick around for at least another two years.

5. CP+B Cuts 10 Percent

Crispin started the year with cuts and ended it with hire after hire after hire.

6. CCO Jeff Benjamin Out at JWT

But he left us a nice comment.

7. Jordan Zimmerman Really Wants to Meet You

…and he did.

8. Chiat LA Cuts Some Staff

Remember Miller Lite, Airbnb and Derek Jeter, though?

9. Staffing Cuts at DDB Chicago

McDonald’s and Safeway led to some layoffs in the Windy City.

10. We Hear: Big Changes Coming to DDB New York

Changes came in the form of CEO Chris Brown of DDB Australia, but we’ve yet to hear who will replace CCO Matt Eastwood, now with JWT.

11. Executives Leaving TBWA, Razorfish and KSV

A departure for Nissan and further fallout from the Publicis consolidation.

12. Norman, Chiat LA Parting Ways

Norman landed at Translation, where he remains CCO and partner, in February.

13. Arnold Cuts Some Staff

The agency later hired a new president and put its Emmy on the market.

14. Publicis Kaplan Thaler President/CCO Stepping Down

The man behind the Aflac duck announced his departure after eight years of service and a few days of speculation; still no word on where he’s going or who will replace him in the next year.