Wieden & Kennedy New York's Jaime Robinson and David Kolbusz Depart

Celebrated Exec Creative Directors Leave Within Two Years of Joining Shop

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Jaime Robinson
Jaime Robinson

Within two years of joining Wieden & Kennedy New York, Co-Exec Creative Directors Jaime Robinson and David Kolbusz have decided to leave the agency to pursue other creative opportunities.

Ms. Robinson joined the agency in February of this year after a post as VP-exec creative director at Pereira & O'Dell. There, she had steered the shop's high-profile social films for Intel/Toshiba, including "Beauty Inside," which had earned the 2013 Film and Branded Content Grand Prix at Cannes. Mr. Kolbusz joined the agency in April 2014 from BBH London, where he had overseen celebrated work such as The Guardian's "Three Little Pigs," Axe Unilever's "Apollo" effort, as well as the brand's "Peace" campaign, which included a spot in the Super Bowl.

Under their watch, W&K continued to turn out more notable work for the Gap, Nike's Jordan brand, Delta Air Lines and Southern Comfort. In July, the agency also won U.S. creative duties on Bud Light just two weeks after parting ways with Heineken.

David Kolbusz
David Kolbusz

Ms. Robinson and Mr. Kolbusz stepped into the exec creative director roles after former co-exec creative directors Ian Reichenthal and Scott Vitrone departed in 2013 to join Barton F. Graf 9000.

Global Creative Director and Partner Colleen DeCourcy will serve as interim executive creative director and partner with Managing Director Neal Arthur while the agency determines new leadership.

"They contributed a great deal to the office and the work," said Ms. DeCourcy of the departing duo. "We'll miss their ideas and energy, and we wish them the best."

"Wieden & Kennedy is a great company that is best in class at what they do," said Ms. Robinson in a separate statement. "I was brought in to bring a new perspective to this office. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes you know pretty quickly. But I wish them well."

"Stay tuned," she added. "There are exciting things to come."

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