Ferguson Leaving Y&R for DDB

NEW YORK Jim Ferguson, chief creative officer of Young & Rubicam’s flagship office in New York since 1999, has resigned. Ferguson, a former DDB creative director, will return to that Omnicom Group shop in a senior creative role, the agency said.

Ferguson is heading to Chicago, where he will become evp, creative consultant, working primarily on McDonald’s, DDB confirmed Thursday. He resigned from Y&R on Wednesday and is likely to start his new job soon.

Ferguson’s move comes a month after Y&R hired former BBDO ecd Michael Patti as New York CEO and worldwide creative director. At the time, Ferguson was named ecd for North America.

Ferguson, 49, could not immediately be reached. Y&R announced his departure internally on Thursday in a brief memo from Patti. “He’s done some terrific work here at Y&R New York. And attracted some talented people to our ranks,” Patti wrote, adding, “We’ll miss his creativity, his humor and his spirit.”