Joe McDonagh Exits Ogilvy & Mather

LOS ANGELES–Ogilvy & Mather co-president and executive creative director Joe McDonagh has left the shop, an agency representative confirmed. His last day was April 25.

McDonagh had been with the Culver City, Calif., agency since 1999. Prior to that, he served as executive creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi in Torrance, Calif.

It could not immediately be determined why McDonagh left the agency or what his next steps will be. McDonagh and Ogilvy L.A. co-president Rick Roth could not be reached for comment.

McDonagh’s replacement has not yet been named, although the shop is expected to launch an external search. In the interim, Roth will continue to lead the office, and Ogilvy North America chief creative officer Rick Boyko, who is based in New York, will assume McDonagh’s creative duties.

The move is the latest in a string of management shifts for Ogilvy’s Culver City, Calif., office. Late last year, co-president Angus Fraser left the agency to return to England and Roth assumed his duties. Prior to that, the agency’s chairman and CEO, Jerry McGee, moved to WPP’s J. Walter Thompson in Los Angeles.