Saatchi to Lose New Business Director

NEW YORK Bob McKinnon, director of new business development at Saatchi & Saatchi here, is leaving the Publicis Groupe agency after nearly 15 years, McKinnon confirmed.

He will remain with the shop until early January, when he plans to focus on completing a post-graduate degree at the New School University in Manhattan. McKinnon, 35, is pursuing a masters in media studies.

News of his exit comes two months after Mary Baglivo became New York CEO and Tony Granger became executive creative director, replacing chief creative officer Tod Seisser.

Before shifting to new business in 2002, McKinnon worked in the media department as a strategic communications director for research and development. He joined Saatchi in 1990.

“It has really been a wonderful, wonderful ride,” said McKinnon. “I love all the people here and I’m really proud of what we were able to accomplish.”

Among the notable account wins McKinnon cited were the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2001 and the International Olympic Committee in 2003. He also helped manage each account.