In the latest executive shuffle at Grey, Justine Armour, chief creative officer for Grey New York, is departing the company. This follows the news earlier this week that John Patroulis, global creative chairman and president, creative business at the WPP agency, will also leave the company.
Grey New York's Chief Creative Officer Justine Armour to exit agency
According to two people familiar with the situation, both are leaving for personal reasons effective the end of this month.
Neither executive could be immediately reached for comment. It's believed that Armour told colleagues of her plans to depart the agency while at Cannes.
A company spokesman declined to comment.
Australian native Armour was Grey New York's first chief creative officer since 2017, according to a press release issued at the time of her hiring in early 2020, charged with helping to "set and implement the creative vision, oversee all creative development, spearhead the recruitment of top talent and guide new business creative efforts, working closely with John Patroulis."
Armour joined from Stagwell's 72andSunny, where she was an executive creative director. She also has experience at independent Wieden+Kennedy, where she worked on brands like Dodge and Old Spice.
Patroulis joined the agency in 2017 from BBH New York, where he was creative chairman. He spent nearly five years as worldwide chief creative officer at Grey before being named to his current position in late 2021, around the time the agency played a major role in helping WPP win the Coca-Cola account. Javier Campopiano, who was key to that win, succeeded him in the worldwide chief creative officer role and oversees Open X, the holding company’s bespoke unit dedicated to Coca-Cola.
The departures come during a time of executive shuffles at Grey. Debby Reiner, president of global clients and business leadership, retired in late June. And Michael Houston, global CEO, moved to a new position as president of U.S. business for its parent company WPP.