In quick staffing news, Dick de Lange has left R/GA after working in its planning department for more than three years to assume the top role at Y&R.
de Lange joined R/GA in August 2011 after spending just over a year as head of group planning at JWT New York. Prior to that stint, he spent five years with Saatchi & Saatchi, splitting that time between the agency’s Sydney and New York offices. He also spent most of a decade with DDB in Amsterdam, Sydney and Chicago.
While de Lange joined R/GA to run the Nike account, he most recently worked on Samsung global — and Adweek tells us that his hire serves to replace outgoing planner Hope Cowan.
Since de Lange will lead the department, he will work on all of the agency’s existing accounts.