DDB’s top creative Paul Tilley jumps to his death

Paul Tilley, DDB Chicago’s managing director for creative, 40, committed suicide Friday evening after leaping from a window in the Fairmont Hotel, next door to DDB’s office in the Aon Center.

Mr. Tilley, an 11-year veteran of the agency, had the mission of trying to boost the agency’s growth.

In the fall of 2006, he had replaced Mark Folino a few months after Folino left DDB after six months to rejoin Weiden & Kennedy, Portland, Ore.

Mr. Tilley joined DDB in 1997 as an associate creative director after a lengthy stint at JWT. He achieved success his work on the Dell Computer account and also contributed to McDonald’s creative.

In a memo to staff Saturday, agency president Rick Carpenter said: ” The reality of this news [of Mr. Tilley’s death] is difficult to comprehend. It is such loss for DDB, but also for our industry, our community, and certainly for his family and all who loved him.

“Paul was a mentor to many, a friend to all. His ability to lead, inspire, and yes, entertain will be so greatly missed.”

He is survived by his wife and two children.