But there could be more turmoil in the wake of the recent departures of Wells President Paula Forman and Executive Creative Director Linda Kaplan Thaler. Doug Atkin, exec VP-director of planning -- and the lone remaining member of the management triumvirate in place before CEO Frank Assumma joined the agency two years ago -- is said to be leaving.
UNHAPPY AFTER FORMAN'S EXIT
Mr. Atkin could not be reached, but others said his unhappiness intensified after the resignation of Ms. Forman, with whom he had a close working relationship.
A Wells spokeswoman would not comment on Mr. Atkin's status, but insiders expect his resignation to be announced in the new year.
London-based Mr. Greenlees is planning to spend more time in the coming months at the agency's New York headquarters.
Executives close to both P&G and Wells said Mr. Greenlees met with P&G to reassure the client about the agency's stability, and particularly that of the P&G account team.
That team's executives, including Exec VP-Managing Partners Keith Bunnell, Beverly Okada and State Lawrence, are said to be upset by the departure of Ms. Forman.
MEETING WITH STAFF
Mr. Greenlees' P&G meeting followed a meeting with Wells' staff members the week of Dec. 8 to hear their grievances.
A Wells spokeswoman declined comment on that meeting other than to say, "Frank Assumma invited Michael Greenlees and [BDDP Group Chairman] Jean-Marie Dru to come to the agency to meet with Bill Perkins and managing partners to set forth a strategic plan to move the agency forward."
Mr. Perkins succeeded Ms. Forman.
Mr. Assumma could not be reached for comment.