The news was delivered to the agency’s 50 employees by Rosemarie Ryan, president of JWT North America.
JWT, which has been in Chicago for 118 years, has been in decline since losing its largest client, Kraft Foods, in 2007.
“The Chicago office has been struggling for six or seven years. It hasn’t been growing,” Ryan said in an interview with Advertising Age, a sibling publication of BtoB. “There are only so many places where you can spend your energy and time.”