DDB Seeks a New President in San Francisco

Mike Harris heads to L.A. production company

DDB is seeking a new president for its San Francisco office, as Mike Harris heads to a production company in Los Angeles.

Harris (pictured here) had led the office—and a now closed satellite in Los Angeles—for two years. The L.A. shingle serviced the agency's Wells Fargo account, which shifted to BBDO in March.

Details of Harris' new job were not immediately available. But he's expected to assume a senior management role at his new company. Before DDB, Harris was chief strategy officer at twofifteenmccann in San Francisco, where he spent seven years.

DDB North American president Mark O'Brien, who recruited Harris in 2012, credited him with changing the way the office works and thinks. He added that Harris has decided to pursue a "new challenge and, typical of Mike, he is pushing himself into a new area for him, production."

O'Brien is leading the search for Harris' successor, which is just beginning. The top accounts in San Francisco are Clorox and ConAgra, which collectively represent some 30 brands. The office employs about 110 staffers.

Amid the search, chief strategy officer Stacey Grier and chief operating officer John Minty will lead San Francisco. Grier also manages the Clorox business. O'Brien hopes to fill the president's role by the end of August.

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