CEO Steps Aside

NEW YORK CEO David Eastman is leaving his post at the top of the shop after less than a year, sources said.

Eastman will shift to run’s expansion as president of international, a new position, and Chan Suh, the shop’s chairman and co-founder, will step into the CEO role on an interim basis, per sources.

Eastman and Suh did not respond to requests for comment, and declined comment. The shop is a unit of Omnicom Group.

The move comes just a year after Eastman took over for Don Scales, and seven months since he moved to New York. He was previously managing director of’s London office. plans to bring in Rob Elliott, director of finance at TBWA\Chiat\Day in Toronto, to serve as CFO, sources said. CFO Mike Jackson departed two months ago to join iCrossing, an independent search-focused agency where Scales is president.

The changes add to a tumultuous year for, which has seen a nearly complete upheaval of its management ranks in the past year, with departures of the heads of its New York, San Francisco and Dallas offices, in addition to its media and creative chiefs.’s revenue in the U.S. declined 20 percent in 2006, per sources.

Suh was CEO of during its glory days in the 1990s before relinquishing the post to Scales in 2004. His return is meant to be temporary, sources said, but a CEO search will not begin immediately.

During his brief tenure, Eastman put a premium on’s international expansion, opening offices in three European markets and one in Asia. In most of those cases, has taken over pre-existing TBWA-aligned digital assets.