McClellan Is Out at Temerlin

DALLAS Temerlin McClain has fired executive creative director Eric McClellan, sources said.

Sources said no immediate replacement has been named.

McClellan is exploring other opportunities within the Interpublic Group, sources said.

The Irving, Texas, shop said it does not comment on staff changes. McClellan could not be reached.

The agency hired McClellan in February 2002 to resurrect its creative department, replacing co-founder Dennis McClain in the post.

In the past year he has been responsible for two significant Subaru campaigns—one that broke in September for the Baja and one breaking in April that features professional cyclist Lance Armstrong.

McClellan had been freelancing for three years prior to joining Temerlin. He had worked at New York shops like Deutsch (1989-91) and BBDO (1991-93) and served as executive creative director at TBWA\Chiat\Day (1994-98).

McClellan won a gold Lion at Cannes for his work on Ikea’s “It’s a big country. Someone’s got to furnish it” advertising.

The dismissal comes a day after IPG reported that its fourth-quarter net income was down 79 percent, to $20.3 million from $96.4 million a year earlier, and that it will have to further restate previous operating numbers. Sources said the two events are unrelated.