JWT Replaces CCO With Steinhauser-Whitten

NEW YORK The creative team of Eric Steinhauser and Nat Whitten will take the reins of J. Walter Thompson’s New York creative department, following the exit of chief creative officer Mike Campbell, the agency confirmed.

Steinhauser, 46, who has worked at the agency since 2000, and Whitten, 43, a freelancer there since 1998, on Wednesday were named executive creative director and deputy executive creative director, respectively, JWT said.

The shift comes three years after the WPP Group shop recruited Campbell from Omnicom Group’s BBDO and two weeks after Rosemarie Ryan, a former top executive at Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners, became president of the New York office.

“As I begin my tenure overseeing this office, I’m confident that Eric and Nat will be outstanding partners to me and dynamic leaders for our creative department,” Ryan said in a statement.

Campbell, who is credited with attracting new talent and improving the agency’s reel, said he was leaving to pursue other opportunities. He said it was a personal choice, but sources characterized the split as mutual.

Campbell, who was recruited by Bob Jeffrey, then New York president and now worldwide CEO, said, “Bob hired me to do a job and I came in and I did it,” adding, “I feel like I’m leaving them in good hands.”