McGee, Co-President of JWT L.A., to Retire

LOS ANGELES Jerry McGee, co-president and executive creative director of WPP Group’s J. Walter Thompson here, is retiring at the end of June, the agency said.

McGee, 62, has been with JWT in Los Angeles for three years. He will serve as a consultant for JWT upon his retirement, according to the agency. JWT co-president Brad Fornaciari will become the sole president in Los Angeles, effective July 1.

“I worked with Jerry for probably 10 years and it has been a terrific 10 years,” said Fornaciari, who, along with McGee, joined JWT in 2001 from WPP’s Ogilvy & Mather as the Symantec account shifted from Ogilvy to JWT. “He is a terrific friend, partner and mentor.”

Prior to JWT, McGee was chairman and CEO of Ogilvy in Culver City, Calif., where he spent 17 years. He started his career at Ogilvy in New York.

McGee was traveling and could not be reached.

Fornaciari started at JWT in August 2001 as managing director, overseeing account management, strategic planning and new business development. Prior to that, he was senior partner and group account director at Ogilvy.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity,” said Fornaciari. “I feel really fortunate to be part of the JWT network. We will continue to do the best job for our clients and be competitive in the marketplace.”

JWT’s Los Angeles office has roughly 70 employees and claims billings of approximately $125 million. Its clients include Symantec, 20th Century Fox, Oblix, Bolthouse Farms, Mammouth Mountain and Children’s Hospital. It is also the West Coast hub for Ford dealers, Domino’s Pizza and Diamond Trading Co. activities.