A-B Creative Leader to Leave DDB

CHICAGO John Immesote, who has led DDB Chicago’s creative efforts for Anheuser-Busch, is leaving the shop, confirmed an agency representative.

Immesote, 39, was a group creative director with the Omnicom shop, and has worked there for eight years. He is said to be exploring a directing career.

“John has been a powerhouse creative force for us for the past eight years, creating and leading some of our most famous and effective work,” wrote DDB Chicago chairman Bob Scarpelli in a memo to staffers. “I’ve thanked John for his tremendous contributions to DDB and have wished him well in his new venture.”

Taking over Immesote’s A-B duties will be group creative directors Barry Burdiak and Mark Gross. Burdiak will be responsible for the agency’s Budweiser work, while Gross will handle Bud Light.

Burdiak, 45, joined DDB in 1998 and has worked on clients such as Budweiser, Bud Ice, Bud Light, Bud Dry and McDonald’s. Gross, 35, an 11-year veteran of the agency, has been involved in Bud Light’s “Real Men of Genius” campaign.