Landes takes leave
Robert Landes, exec VP of L.A. Gear, has taken an indefinite leave of absence. He had been in charge of the athletic footwear company's marketing operations. A spokeswoman said Mr. Landes has taken the time off for personal reasons and will return. Sources say his absence will have no negative impact on agency Chiat/Day, Venice, Calif., and in fact may precipitate a more intimate relationship, given that the company has virtually no advertising department. L.A. Gear recently posted first-quarter revenues almost 50% lower than a year ago.
moves media buying
Australian airline Qantas, Sydney, moved its $35 million international media planning and buying to Optimedia from Saatchi & Saatchi's Zenith Media following last week's move of its international ad business to Maurice Saatchi's New Saatchi Agency from Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising.