BBDO NEW YORK NAMES EXEC CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Eric Silver Leaves Saatchi After Six Months

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- The New York flagship office of Omnicom Group's BBDO Worldwide named a new executive creative director today, moving quickly to fill a vacancy created by the departure of one of its executives to sibling TBWA Worldwide.

Eric Silver, who joins BBDO from Publicis

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Groupe's Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, on Dec. 15, will be executive creative director and executive vice president. Mr. Silver will report to Ted Sann, BBDO's chairman and chief creative officer. He replaces Gerry Graf, who moved to TBWA/Chiat/Day.

Mr. Silver will work on a number of accounts, including that for FedEx, a BBDO spokesman said. He becomes part of the agency's senior creative management team, which includes senior executive creative directors Charlie Miesmer and Jimmy Siegel, as well as executive creative directors Bill Bruce, Al Merrin and Don Schneider.

Mr. Silver, 36, was a group creative director with Saatchi, where he created advertising for Old Spice, Wheaties and NYC & Co. He joined Saatchi this past June from New York independent Cliff Freeman & Partners.

Before Cliff Freeman, Mr. Silver was a staff writer for The Late Show with David Letterman.

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