Lindley to Depart Modernista!

BOSTON Matt Lindley is leaving Modernista! in the next few weeks.

Lindley, 39, joined the independent shop here as managing director two years ago. He helped co-founders Lance Jensen and Gary Koepke engineer an impressive winning streak that saw Modernista! grow more than 120 percent in 2001. That performance earned the shop the Adweek Agency of the Year award for New England.

“I did a little bit of everything,” Lindley said. “Whatever was necessary to help Lance and Gary build the company,” from new-business scouting to administrative chores at the shop.

“We’ll miss him dearly,” Jensen said in a statement.

Various senior staffers including Clift Jones, the Bozell veteran who was named president of Modernista! in February, will absorb Lindley’s duties. Lindley said he has no immediate career plans.

With billings of approximately $63 million, Modernista! claims Converse, Veryfine and General Motors’ Hummer among its clients.