Paul Woolmington is leaving Naked, six years after opening the communications-planning agency's New York office as founding partner of Naked Communications Americas.
Mr. Woolmington and Jon Wilkins, founder and co-chairman, said the split is "amicable and mutual" and that the departure follows the completion of Naked executives' four-year earnout at the end of 2011. Australia's Photon Group acquired 100% of Naked in 2007. Mr. Woolmington would say only that he's staying in New York and would be moving into a role that is "exciting and entrepreneurial."
Mr. Woolmington's exit leaves Neal Davies as the only remaining founding partner of the New York office. Their third partner, M.T. Carney, left in 2010; a new partner, Carla Serrano, joined in January 2011.
At Naked, Mr. Wilkins is moving to New York with his family, including 4-year-old twin boys, from a three-year stint in Australia after the Photon deal. Mr. Wilkins said the group's global headquarters is shifting to New York from London, where he and his partners founded Naked 12 years ago. Steve Gatfield, the former Interpublic and Leo Burnett exec who joined Naked in May 2011 as co-chairman to help oversee global expansion, is also based in New York.
Naked has 16 offices worldwide, including a Minneapolis shop opened in November 2010. The newest one opened in Sao Paulo two weeks ago. The company's main clients include Unilever, Nokia, Heineken and NBC Universal.