UPDATE: Tim Scott Departs mcgarrybowen

By Erik Oster 

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Tim Scott, international CEO and president of mcgarrybowen Chicago, is departing the agency for an undisclosed client-side marketing position, AdAge reports.

Scott’s departure follows last month’s hiring of Simon Pearce as president of its New York office and chief client officer, succeeding Tom Sewell, who held the position since May of 2014 (and continues on at the agency in an innovation role). The agency stated that it will begin a search for a new Chicago president, who will also assume chief client officer responsibilities. Laurel Flatt, group managing director, will act as interim general manager of the office until the search is completed. Gordon Bowen, chairman and chief creative officer of mcgarrybowen, will temporarily assume Scott’s international CEO role.


Scott arrived at mcgarrybowen back in 2009 as a managing director, just two years after the opening of the agency’s Chicago office, following a stint at DDB Chicago as a global business director.

The full statement from Bowen:

“I am grateful and proud of the work Tim has done to build our brand, first in Chicago and then around the world. He is a dear friend, trusted leader, and mentor to many. We are very grateful for his contributions, and we wish him a lifetime of luck and success in his future endeavors.”

The news seems to confirm a tip we received weeks ago about changes coming to mcgarrybowen’s international leadership (assuming there aren’t more on the way).

Update: Land O’Lakes announced that Scott will be joining the company as senior vice president and chief marketing officer, responsible for overseeing B2C and B2B branding and marketing strategy, effective April 22nd.