Fallon Promotes a Pair in Account Management

Added Managerial Level Intended to Further Fortify the Agency
CHICAGO–Fallon McElligott continues its efforts to solidify its next generation of leadership with the promotions of Rich Stoddart and Mike Buchner to director positions.
Stoddart, who joined the Minneapolis agency from Leo Burnett, Chicago, in 1995, was named director of account management. He will be responsible for the department’s overall vision, including senior staff training and development, strategic counsel for existing clients and new-business development.
At Fallon, Stoddart has worked on several high-profile accounts, including Miller Lite, which was pulled from the shop earlier this year.
“Since coming here, Rich has established himself as a leader and helped build the department as we’ve continued to grow,” said Eric Block, the agency’s general manager.
Buchner, a 15-year Fallon veteran, was named director of account administration. He will manage staffing, promotion, training and performance reviews. The title formalizes duties he has been performing for the past two years, Block said. “Mike really understands the inner workings of the agency,” he said.
The changes continue a wave of promotions that began in January, when creative director David Lubars and planning director Rob White were named co-presidents and Block was given the title of general manager. Earlier this month, the agency promoted Anne Bologna and Mary Van Note to planning director and associate planning director, respectively, as White shifted his focus to his presidential duties [Adweek, Oct. 4].
“As we expand our horizons, senior management is [taking on] more worldwide responsibilities, and we are assembling our teams to run the agency,” Block said.
Further changes are not expected in the creative department, though, as Lubars said he doesn’t plan on setting up a level below him. “Maybe someday. I’m actually trying to be more hands-on,” he said.