This afternoon we learned that two executives are no longer with R/GA’s San Francisco office.
We don’t have much in the way of details, but we know that Managing Director Steve Weinswig and ECD Rob Smiley have left the IPG shop.
Weinswig joined R/GA as VP/MD in December 2011; he previously served as manager of San Francisco’s frog design and arrived at the agency with more than two decades of experience including a stint in accounts at Leo Burnett. He also helped co-manage R/GA’s Los Angeles office, which opened in 2013.
Smiley was promoted to the ECD position in early 2011 along with Mark Shewmaker, who is now chief experience officer at another Bay Area agency, SMITH. Prior to joining R/GA as a freelance CD, Smiley directed creative in-house at Apple, served as GCD and global creative director on Absolut at TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, and helped launch Chiat’s San Francisco office while working with clients like Levi’s.
A spokesman describes the decision to part ways with R/GA as “mutual,” noting that R/GA appreciates the work done by both parties over the years.
In case you missed them, the agency’s latest spots for Beats have been getting a good bit of attention from trade and sports/entertainment press outlets.