Stephen Harty, president of Omnicom Group's Merkley Newman Harty & Partners, left the New York-based agency after eight years. A successor hasn't been named.
* Rooney Carruthers, Executive Creative Director of FCB/San Francisco, left the agency after 15 months in the role to return to his native England. Carruthers was replaced by Tom O'Keefe, formerly FCB/SF's senior vice president. The agency has lost several high-profile accounts since the beginning of the year, including AT&T Wireless and Ultimate TV.
Timberland chose Fallon/New York as creative partner for the company's $15-20 million global account. Fallon replaces incumbent, The Martin Agency, and beat out Black Rocket/Euro RSCG, San Francisco, Carmichael Lynch, Minneapolis, and New York's J. Walter Thompson.
TBWA_Worldwide acquired New York-based Weiss Stagliano Partners and Dublin-based O'Malley & Hogan and merged the two shops to create Brand Architecture International, a standalone unit with 50 employees in three offices: Dublin, New York and London. Brand Architecture will provide branding advice and creative output and plans to expand globally over the next five years.
The White House drug office will re-bid Ogilvy & Mather's contract following a civil and criminal probe of the agency's accounting practices, which allegedly over-billed the government $850,000 for work on it's $160 million/year anti-drug campaigns. Ogilvy was responsible only for media planning and buying. Creative was handled by the Partnership for a Drug Free America.
The Nasdaq Stock Market tapped the North Carolina-based McKinney & Silver to handle its new branding campaign.