Strategic Exit at TBWA\C\D

NEW YORK Hugh Duthie, chief strategic officer at TBWA\Chiat\Day here since February 2005, is leaving the agency at the end of the month, the shop has confirmed.

Duthie’s exit comes a month after Suzanne Powers assumed the New York post of executive director of strategy and business development. Powers, who transferred from the Omnicom Group shop’s office in Playa del Rey, Calif., will absorb Duthie’s duties, albeit in the broader role, an agency representative confirmed.

In Playa del Rey, Powers was co-director of account planning, along with Julie Liss, who is now the sole account-planning director.

Before joining the agency, Duthie was a partner at Kudzu, a research and planning consultancy in New York. His previous agency experience includes M&C Saatchi, Fallon and the Toronto and New York offices of TBWA\C\D.

Duthie’s future plans were not immediately clear. The rep declined to comment beyond confirming his exit, and Duthie did not return calls.