Duncan Promotes Wentworth, Markey, Moses

LOS ANGELES Duncan & Associates has shuffled its management ranks, the agency said.

Barbie Wentworth, who has served as managing partner and chief client officer, has been promoted to president and chief operating officer, a new position. Wentworth joined the Los Angeles-based independent eight years ago from Leo Burnett, where she led the $175 million Kellogg’s account. She reports to Hugh Duncan, who remains chairman and CEO.

Former creative director Neil Markey, who created the current Albertsons campaign featuring actress Patricia Heaton, has risen from creative director to executive creative director, filling a post that has been vacant since Larry Tolpin departed the agency roughly 18 months ago.

Steve Moses has been elevated from senior vice president, management supervisor to group management supervisor. In addition to overseeing Albertsons Supermarkets, he assumes leadership of the store’s brands previously led by Wentworth, including Acme Supermarkets and Jewel Food Stores, which are handled out of the shop’s Philadelphia and Chicago field offices, respectively.

The shop has a six-person management team, according to Moses.

“This talented and seasoned management team, along with Lynn Griffith, managing partner and chief media officer, and Gaye Allan, senior vice president, director of marketing services, will ensure we properly manage the growth we anticipate over the next few years,” said Duncan, in a statement.

The promotions are meant to acknowledge accomplishments and position the shop for growth, Moses said. While Albertsons will remain the agency’s top priority, Moses said, “Our intent is to be more aggressive with new business and move past the one-client agency image we have in the marketplace.”

Duncan & Associates, whose 45 of 50 employees are based at its Los Angeles headquarters, claims billings of $150 million. Other than Albertsons, the only other client on its roster is the Los Angeles Police Department.