CCO Klein to Part With Arnold

NEW YORK Rochelle Klein, vice chairman, chief creative officer of Arnold, said she is leaving the agency after three years.

Klein cited differences in creative vision and emphasis as the reason for her departure from the New York shop, which handles accounts like Hasbro, GlaxoSmithKline and Bermuda Tourism. She declined to elaborate.

Arnold New York president Mary Baglivo said a replacement was being sought.

Klein’s departure comes during a broader—and ongoing—downsizing effort initiated in September by Arnold parent Havas.

“This is my decision. It has nothing to do with the Havas restructuring,” said Klein, who has no immediate job plans. “I feel like I’ve done everything I wanted to do here, changing a packaged-goods agency into one that’s more dimensional.”

Since last year’s loss of the $65 million Procter & Gamble account, Arnold in New York has aligned itself more closely with its Boston headquarters. Earlier this month, the outpost cut some 10 back-office employees from its staff of about 150, sources said.

Arnold executives in Boston and New York did not address the issue of layoffs.