Harvey Marco to Leave Saatchi, L.A.

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Saatchi & Saatchi, Los Angeles executive creative director Harvey Marco is leaving the agency after five years for an undisclosed opportunity.

Marco responded to an e-mail but stated he was unable to elaborate on his "new opportunity" until an embargo is lifted in two to three weeks. A spokesperson for the agency said that Marco's last day will be August 15.

Marco, who joined Saatchi in 2003 from Fallon, Minneapolis, oversaw the shop's creative output while working to change its creative culture. When honored as part of the 2008 Creativity 50, he said, "Probably the most significant steps this company made was to take down all the silo walls between digital and traditional, even outside the creative department and looking at the entire company as a creative company."

Work for the Toyota under Marco's watch included a number of impressive integrated efforts such as two documentary TV series—one an ode to the off-road called Two Roads to Baha and the other on the brand's NASCAR dreams in Chasing Sunday: The Race to the Cup; a photo essay book born out of work for the Tundra called Working America; and an Xbox Arcade game based around the Yaris. Marco also oversaw significant award-winning traditional efforts for Toyota, including the "Truck Summoner" commercial that dropped a Tacoma truck into World of Warcraft and the 2005 Gold Lion-winning "Girlfriend" spot.

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