Gotham’s Roberts Heads to Carlson

NEW YORK Stone Roberts, co-chairman and chief executive of Gotham, is leaving to become president and CEO of Omnicom Group’s Carlson & Partners, Roberts confirmed on Thursday.

Roberts’ exit triggered top management changes at Gotham, an Interpublic Group shop.

Gotham co-chairman and CEO Larry Dunst, 63, remains as CEO, and president Sheri Baron, 48, has been promoted to COO, the agency said. At the same time, Gunnar Wilmot, 51, former chief operating officer for The Partnership division of Interpublic Group, is joining as chairman. The moves are effective immediately.

At New York-based Carlson, Roberts, 59, will join chairman Dick Tarlow in leading a shop that’s known for handling Johnson & Johnson’s Neutrogena brand. “Neutrogena is a great client and it’s a tremendous entrepreneurial opportunity,” said Roberts.

In a memo to the Gotham staff, Roberts said, “My 10 years at Gotham have been the most rewarding, exciting and fun of my career,” before adding, “We are fiscally solid and our culture is well respected both inside IPG and within our industry peer group. I would never leave you under any other circumstances. I consider you my family.”

Gotham, a one-office shop in New York, has billings of about $600 million and a staff of roughly 175. Key clients include Maybelline, Bank of America and

Wilmot, a former svp of planning and business development at IPG, spent about a year at The Partnership, which includes Lowe, Draft, Zipatoni, Dailey & Associates, Mullen and Plus Consulting Group. Reflecting on his new job, he said, “It’s going to be a lot more hands-on client orientated and I’m very much looking forward to that.”

This story updates an item posted yesterday with news of Roberts joining Carlson.