St. James Out in Blattner Deal

Agency’s Buyer Wanted Single Top Creative
CHICAGO–Lee St. James, a name partner and the top creative at Pittsburgh’s Egan/St. James, has left the shop upon its purchase by Blattner Brunner.
The sale was completed last week. Dave Egan, St. James’ partner, was named vice president and director of client services at Blattner Brunner, Pittsburgh, which retains its name and leadership.
St. James said he proposed serving as co-creative chief with Blattner Brunner’s Rodney Underwood, but was turned down. “My point of view was that we would be co-equals,” St. James said. “They weren’t interested in that.”
Blattner Brunner officials agreed the agency wanted to keep a single creative head, but said St. James was offered a position with the shop.
Egan/St. James was acquired from its owner of just nine months, EPB Communications in New York. The shop is what remains of Pittsburgh’s longtime leading shop, Ket-chum Communications. EPB bought the agency from the Omnicom Group and changed its name to reflect its top executives.
St. James said his future is uncertain, but he’s looking at opportunities both internationally and domestically. “My goal is to go to a shop that will appreciate what I can do,” he said. K