Harris Rejoins Leagas Delaney

Jason Harris’ on-again, off-again relationship with Leagas Delaney is on again.

The 30-year-old executive has returned to the shop he left just over a year ago and has assumed the post of director of business development, a new position.

Harris, who ran the Adidas business at Leagas for two years before leaving at the end of 2000, said he feels at home at the 42-person shop. “There’s a sense of homecoming because there are some familiar faces here,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of new people who are trying to keep the old values,” he added.

Leagas underwent a major management shift last summer when four top managers left. Not long after, creative director Vince Engel and managing director Wayne Buder joined as co-presidents.

“I thought it was a great time to come back over here and help redefine this place,” Harris said.

Leagas’ London headquarters recently lost the $80 million Adidas creative account, and sources said the San Francisco office’s relationship with Sega is on the rocks. Despite the down market, though, Harris said there is a sense of renewal at the shop.

Harris’ new job marks his first foray into the new-business division of an agency. In his new capacity, Harris will also handle media relations for the agency.

Most recently, Harris served as account supervisor at TBWA\Chiat\Day in San Francisco, working on the Sony PlayStation business. He has also spent time at Ketchum Advertising. Before coming to the West Coast, he was in the promotions department of Miller Brewing.