Silver, Three Other Execs Exit Cliff Freeman

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Creative director Eric Silver has left Cliff Freeman & Partners, Silver confirmed this morning. "I have left the agency," says Silver, who had been with agency since 1997. "I am incredibly proud of what we achieved here, but I needed a change." Silver, who also held the title of executive vice president and served on the agency's executive committee, led the shop to many creative successes during his tenure, including capturing the Film Grand Prix at the International Advertising Festival in Cannes in 2001. As for future plans, Silver says he's considering his options. "I am currently in talks with agencies," he says. "I'm just going to take my time and try to make the right decision."

Silver's departure comes after a year of staff churn -- particularly in the agency's creative department -- and on the heels of news that three Freeman execs are leaving to start their own agency. EVP-director of new business development Charles Rosen, chief strategist Doug Cameron, and VP-associate creative director Jason Gaboriau will open a new boutique called Amalgamated in Manhattan's financial district the week of June 16, according to Rosen.

Gaboriau becomes the fifth VP-ACD to leave the agency since four creatives were promoted to that position last May -- part of a restructuring aimed at ushering in what chairman Cliff Freeman then called "a new generation of leadership." None of those four remain at the agency, however, and Dan Kelleher -- who was promoted in December -- departed last month to join BBDO/New York. Currently, there are four associate creative directors at the agency: Ari Merkin, who joined the agency from Crispin Porter + Bogusky in December, Dawn McCarthy and Laura Fegley, who came aboard from Merkley Newman Harty in February, and copywriter Dan Morales, who was reportedly promoted this week.

Chairman and chief creative officer Cliff Freeman had not returned calls at press time.

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