Duncan Marshall and Howard Willmott, now senior vice presidents, will be promoted to executive vice presidents, joining Executive Vice President David Corr to lead the department. All three also hold the title of executive creative director.
They replace Peter Nicholson, who was the agency's chief creative officer.
The agency works on accounts for marketers such as L'Oreal, Allied Domecq and Heineken.
Gill Duff, president-CEO of the New York offfice, in a statement said that David Droga, Publicis Worldwide's chief creative officer, has been spending more time in the New York office. "It was the perfect opportunity to simplify and streamline the creative department," Mr. Duff said.
Mr. Nicholson told AdAge.com that the parting was amicable. "David's there now and having two chiefs in the same office makes this job redundant," he said.
Mr. Nicholson said he's weighing a few job prospects within the industry but not necessarily in New York. He joined Publicis's Chicago office more than two years ago and the moved to New York when the offices were merged a few months later. Prior to that, he worked as group creative director at Omnicom Group's Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.