Britt Nolan departs Leo Burnett


(Nolan returns to Burnett after 2 years away)

Internal memo
obtained by Ad Age
does not disclose
the agency Nolan
is heading to

More changes are coming to Leo Burnett.

Just two months after Liz Taylor announced she was leaving FCB Chicago to join the Wacker Avenue shop as its Global Chief Creative Officer, comes word that U.S. Chief Creative Officer and co-President of the Chicago office, Britt Nolan is leaving.

Ad Age obtained the internal email and published the news this morning.

“Britt Nolan has decided to move on from Leo Burnett after a great 10-year run,” said Andrew Swinand, CEO of Leo Burnett North America in the memo. Swinand also leads the recently formed Publicis Communications Center region which encompasses agencies Leo Burnett Chicago and Detroit; Arc in Chicago; Martin Retail Group in Birmingham, Alabama; Fallon in Minneapolis, and Turner Duckworth.

Swinand’s memo continued, “We are very sad to see him go, but respect his decision to leave for another agency yet to be announced.”

The Ad Age story reports that Taylor will step in and help until a successor is found.

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Nolan joined the agency in 2009. During his time, Nolan and his teams won more than 50 international awards across categories including 10 Cannes Lions. His work has been recognized by the Effies, D&AD, ADC, the One Show, Clios, Kinsale Sharks, London International, Radio Mercury, AICP and Facebook Studio Awards. He was recognized by Business Insider as one of the top 30 most creative people in social media marketing.

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Most notably, Nolan helped Allstate create its iconic and effective “Mayhem” campaign that has changed the conversation around insurance. Nolan and his team were also behind this year’s Art Institute of Chicago “Van Gogh’s Bedroom,” which captured headlines and conversations around the world.

It was in May 2016, when Nolan was promoted to Leo Burnett U.S. chief creative officer from executive creative director, replacing Susan Credle. He was promoted to co-president of Leo Burnett’s Chicago office alongside Chief Strategy Officer Emma Montgomery in January.

Could Nolan be joining the Interpublic agency?

More to come…

Source: Ad Age