President Paul Newman Leaves MSLGroup After 18 Months

He joined the Publicis agency after serving as VP of comms at eBay.

Paul Newman, the former eBay comms VP who joined MSLGroup last March as president of its North American operations, has stepped down effective immediately.

Here is the internal memo that went out today, written–we presume–by Publicis Worldwide President Arthur Sadoun:

MSLGROUP MEMO: In order to be closer to his family that is based in Boston, Paul Newman, President of North America, has decided to leave the company.  His last day is today, August 3.  Peter Miller will serve as interim President until a new leadership plan is announced for North America.

I thank Paul for his nearly 18 months of service to our firm. As Paul shared during the recent mid-year North America Town Hall, the North America region has made good progress against its 2015 business priorities, and we appreciate Paul’s overseeing that effort.

PR veteran Newman spent more than a decade with the Weber Shandwick organization before going client-side in 2004. Before joining eBay, he was VP of global external communications at consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble and head of communications at vaccine company Novartis.

Newman’s departure is only the latest in a string of executive changes at MSLGroup, most prominent among them the June departure of Olivier Fleurot, the global CEO who left for a role as SVP of communication/administration at parent company Publicis Groupe.

Global Practice Director of Social/Digital media Stephanie Agresta and SVP/Global and Social Strategy Director Matt Dickman (who were coincidentally named to 2013’s “most influential agency execs on Twitter” list) also left the agency in June.

So what’s going on over at MSL, which also hired Edelman veteran Andrew Silver to run its New York office last September?

Good question. Try getting them to respond to an email.