Burnett Lays Off 20 in Chicago

CHICAGO Leo Burnett has cut 20 positions, or 2 percent of its workforce, an agency representative confirmed.

The cuts at the Chicago shop, which was bought by Publicis Groupe last year, “reflect anticipated current creative and business needs in the current climate as part of our overall plan to further enhance client relationships, improve top-line growth, stimulate new business and move the agency forward,” the representative said. The cuts affected all levels and all departments, the representative said.

Burnett is currently revamping the management structure of its U.S. operations. After global president Bob Brennan left the agency in October, the shop recently hired Ben Kline as chief marketing officer and assembled a small management team to help guide the shop, according to chairman and chief creative officer Cheryl Berman.