Shell CD Leaves Ogilvy for T3

Longtime Ogilvy & Mather creative veteran Jay Suhr has left the Houston shop to take a senior principal role at Austin, Texas, agency T3.
His move brings T3 its fourth creative director in just over three years, and has prompted a shift of duties on the cornerstone Shell Oil account at O&M.
Suhr said last week he was seeking an opportunity at a smaller shop for ownership status and for new business activities without the conflict constraints he faced as senior partner and group creative director at Ogilvy. He also wanted the chance to make his own mark, after working alongside other senior creative principals at his former shop.
“At some point you want to go off and manage one of your own teams,” said Suhr, 39. Suhr had been at Ogilvy for 13 years.
T3 president Gay Gaddis said Suhr gives the shop what it previously has not had in its creative department: a leader comfortable with multiple disciplines.
“Jay is the right match for us because he’s been in both arenas. He knows consumer and he knows business-to-business,” said Gaddis.
Two previous T3 creative directors said they quit due to the lack of consumer broadcast work. Executive creative director Rob Buck actually held the position twice (1994-95 and 1996-98), sandwiched around a stint by Mike Bevil, now a principal of rival Austin shop Bam!.
Buck currently operates an Austin-based creative boutique with former GSD&M executive creative director Guy Bommarito, dubbed Bommarito.Buck.
Ogilvy co-managing director Joe Kilgore said his agency will not seek a replacement for Suhr’s group creative director position. Instead, Kilgore will assume a more direct daily role on the Shell account and promote staffers to handle some of Suhr’s duties.