Carmichael Loses COO

Lisa Meyer has stepped down as chief operating officer of Carmichael Lynch after nearly 15 years at the agency.
Meyer said she doesn’t have any immediate plans but said she will begin a job search this fall with expectations of having a new job by the end of the year. Her reason for leaving: The time was right to try something new.
“I’ve always thought that I would have lots of different experiences in my career,” she said. “My anniversary date [at Carmichael] is Jan. 2 and I figured in the year 2000 I could either be starting year 16 here or year one somewhere else.”
Meyer first approached agency officials a year ago about leaving, said Carmichael chairman Lee Lynch. At that time, she agreed to stay and play a role in hiring a new media director, direct marketing head and human resources manager.
Meyer, who ran the $20 million Northwest Airlines business, also was in charge of assimilating Valentine McCormick Ligibel after its purchase by Carmichael in December.
With those duties completed, Meyer felt she could leave the agency, and Lynch said he could not realistically convince her to stay any longer.
“She agreed to get those tasks done, and she stayed long enough to do that,” said Lynch.
He also said the agency has no immediate plans to fill the COO position. Lynch and the agency’s other two managing partners–president Jack Supple and director of account management John Colasanti–will pick up the majority of her tasks.
Separately, Carmichael has hired Terry Bowman, former senior vice president at BBDO West, Los Angeles, to serve as group account director on Northwest.