Carmichael ECD Nelson to Depart

CHICAGO Carmichael Lynch executive creative director Jim Nelson is leaving the shop, agency executives confirmed.

John Colasanti, president of the Minneapolis agency, confirmed Nelson’s intention to leave, but did not offer a timetable. Nelson, a 16-year veteran of the Interpublic Group agency, was one of three ecds at the shop. The remaining two, Andy Clarke, who is also head of art, and Tim Brunelle, who leads interactive, will continue to oversee the agency’s creative, Colasanti said.

Nelson did not return a call seeking comment.

Nelson, 43, was one of the creatives running the agency’s showcase Harley-Davidson account, as well as a manager of the department. In 2002, he was part of the team that won a Kelly Award for an ad that used the headline, “Somewhere on an airplane a man is trying to rip open a bag of peanuts,” under an expansive picture of a man on a motorcycle. (He had won the headline and copy prize for Harley in 2000.)

Nelson was promoted to ecd in March 2003, helping then chief creative officer Jack Supple manage the department. He remained ecd when the shop added Peter McHugh as chief creative officer in 2004. Supple and McHugh both left the agency last year.