ZenithOptimedia CEO Hamilton Departs

NEW YORK Rich Hamilton, CEO of Publicis Groupe’s ZenithOptimedia Americas here, has split with the shop.

Agency employees learned of the resignation in an internal memo circulated by the agency this morning and obtained by Adweek.

ZO declined comment beyond the memo. Reached at home, Hamilton also declined to elaborate. As for future career plans, he said he none to disclose at the present time. “I may get to a point like that fairly soon, but I am not at that point right now,” he said.

According to the memo, Hamilton resigned to pursue other opportunities.

Tim Jones, who had been chief strategy officer at ZenithOptimedia USA, was promoted to the new position of CEO at ZenithOptimedia USA when Hamilton took a personal leave of absence last August. At that time, Jones assumed most of Hamilton’s duties. (Sunni Boot runs ZO’s Canadian operations; Sergio Lorca overees Latin America. Both report to ZO global CEO Steve King, as does Jones.)

In today’s memo, Jones said, “I would like to acknowledge Rich’s contribution since joining the company to take the helm in 1997, the tremendous growth we have achieved over the ensuing eight years and, in particular, the opportunities for advancement Rich was able to provide to so many people at ZenithOptimedia, myself included.”

In the same memo, King said of Hamilton, “During his period of leadership, he was absolutely single-minded in ensuring that we had the talent and resources to make our USA business the success it has become.”

Hamilton also was quoted in the memo, saying, “It’s time for me to move on to the next project. The best thing about the past eight years has been working with all of you. We did great stuff together. Thank you for who you are and all you do. Onward!”