Billings increased a reported 8% to $525 million, driven by new work from Nordstrom's, Qualcomm, Georgia-Pacific and John Nuveen & Co. On the loss side, the agency resigned Jim Beam Brands.
As for creative work, it was a solid if not standout year. Its Miller Lite campaign finally won creative recognition in Cannes, just months before the client admitted the ads weren't working on the sales front. Even its executionally sharp work for United Airlines and BMW lacks a conceptual punch.
On the creative front, it's too soon to judge the impact of Messrs. Lubars and Barrett. The agency will continue building its London and New York offices,