Burnett Prepares to Trim 25 From U.S. Staff

CHICAGO Leo Burnett is preparing to lay off 25 employees on Monday, an agency representative confirmed.

The cuts, which would account for 1-2 percent of the agency’s U.S. staff, are expected to reach across all departments. “It’s a slight staff adjustment,” the agency represenatative said.

The rep said the layoffs stem from cost “efficiencies” and are not related to any account losses or decreases in spending or revenues from current clients.

The rep would not elaborate, nor did she identify any of the staffers who will lose their jobs. Burnett is a unit of Publicis Groupe.

The layoffs will be the first major staff cuts at the shop since Tom Bernardin was named worldwide president and US CEO in February.

Burnett has not had any major account losses recently. In fact, the shop has added several new accounts over the past few months, including Petsmart, Simmons Bedding Co. and Western Union.