Nick Johnson Decamps for Interpublic's Gotham

Leaves President Post at MDC Partners' Redscout

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- A little over six months after he joined MDC Partners' Redscout as its president, Nick Johnson is defecting to Interpublic Group of Cos.' Gotham to serve as chief marketing officer.

Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson
Mr. Johnson in his new post will be tasked with leading new-business efforts and helping to promote the growing shop -- which now counts some 150 staffers and clients such as Denny's, Maybelline, Best Western, Fresh Direct, Newman's Own and Time Warner Cable -- and elevate its profile in the industry. He'll report to Gotham's chairman-CEO, Peter McGuinness, and will replace the former Gotham CMO Greg Fujimoto, who remains at the agency in a senior account-management role.

"I've kept an eye on Gotham over the past year or so and have been really impressed by the momentum that Peter and [chief creative] Marty [Orzio] have been able to achieve, especially their new business track record," Mr. Johnson said in a statement. "I am genuinely excited to be on board and help them diversify their roster even more in 2011." Said Mr. McGuinness: "We're at a true turning point for the agency. Nick will no doubt bring new depth and perspective to the CMO role at Gotham and will play an integral role in our continued growth and evolution."

It's unclear whether Mr. Johnson's position is being replaced at Redscout; executives could not be reached for comment by press time. Before Redscout, Mr. Johnson spent eight years at San Francisco-based independent agency Venables Bell & Partners, where as one of four agency partners he helped take the shop from a creative boutique to a full-service shop leading creative efforts for the likes of Audi and Intel.

According to Gotham, its recruitment of Mr. Johnson is part of a slew of soon-to-be-announced hires from shops such as Wieden & Kennedy, JWT and Ammirati.

Update: MDC informs us that Nick Johnson officially left Redscout in June.

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