TBWA/C/D Woos Ogilvy’s Page

But The Latter Shop Hopes To Keep Him
NEW YORK–TBWA/Chiat/Day is talking with David Page, executive creative director at Ogilvy & Mather, about the top creative post in its New York office, sources said last week.
The deal had not been finalized by press time, but sources said the discussions were “serious.” Ogilvy, however, was believed to be countering the offer.
If the deal is completed, Page would succeed Eric McClellan, who left the top creative post in September. Jerry Gentile of TBWA/C/D’s Playa del Rey, Calif., office is temporarily overseeing the New York creative department [Adweek, Jan. 18].
Bob Kuperman, chief executive of the Americas for parent TBWA Worldwide, is also considering the addition of a senior manager to partner with a new creative director, said sources. Last month, Kuperman recruited Tom Carroll as chief executive of the Playa del Rey office.
Page, TBWA/C/D and Ogilvy declined comment.
Page was tapped as executive creative director at Ogilvy only last October by Rick Boyko, co-president in New York. He works on such accounts as American Express and Kodak. Previously, Page and partner Brent Bouchez ran the creative department across town at M&C Saatchi. Earlier stints were at Ammirati Puris Lintas, Carmichael Lynch, and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.
–with Hank Kim