While we have yet to receive confirmation from our contacts, a steady stream of tips about some big (allegedly) pending changes at New York-based Publicis Kaplan Thaler has found its way to our inbox.
Here are the claims laid out in the tips we received, which started trickling in back in April after the agency laid off “less than 2 percent” of its staff:
- The agency’s three offices will consolidate into the location at 1675 Broadway
- A majority of the agency’s staff will move to that office by 2015 and the shift will be complete by 2016
- The resulting shop will drop the K and the T to go by the name “Publicis Worldwide New York”
Hints are not so specific on the staffing front. We hear mention of “potential departures” at the executive level, and more than one tipster claims that Publicis Worldwide International Creative Director Erik Vervroegen now “has his name on an office door.”
UPDATE: PKT officially tells us that, as a general practice, the agency refrains from commenting on speculation.