Peter Nicholson, chief creative officer at Publicis/New York, has left the agency as the shop looks to streamline its creative department. ECDs Duncan Marshall and Howard Wilmott -- who joined the agency from Saatchi & Saatchi/London last year -- have been promoted to executive vice presidents and will run the department alongside EVP-ECD David Corr. Agency president Gill Duff tells AdAge.com
that the presence of Publicis' worldwide chief creative officer David Droga -- also a Saatchi/London alum -- in the New York office provided the impetus for the move. Or, as Nicholson tells AdAge, the New York CCO job had become "redundant."