C-K Taps Johnson for N.Y. Office

CHICAGO Former WestWayne CEO Jeff Johnson has joined independent Cramer-Krasselt/Hampel Stefanides in New York as general manager. He will oversee an office with clients such as Comcast Spotlight, HBO Video, MeadWestvaco and Yellow Tail Wine.

“I have spent a long time searching for the right general manager for New York,” said Peter Krivkovich, CEO of parent Cramer-Krasselt in Chicago, in a statement. “Jeff combines something that is very rare in one individual: he’s a recognized world-class strategic planner, has a track record for building agencies and winning significant business and has done both at the forefront of 360-degree thinking.”

Johnson, 54, was chief executive of independent agency WestWayne until August 2005, when he abruptly resigned just after completing a senior management restructuring at the Atlanta shop.

For the past year, he has been working as a consultant and writing a book, The Hourglass Effect, a social commentary on the hurdles facing the baby-boom generation. The book is scheduled for publication this fall.

Johnson’s resume includes stints at Wells Rich Greene BDDP in New York, where during the 1990s he was a managing partner overseeing the agency’s new business efforts. He has also worked at J. Walter Thompson and Benton & Bowles in New York.