Chief Creative Officer Graham Woodall has left the agency to pursue another opportunity, a spokeswoman confirmed. President Ros King, who continues to run what remains of JWT's global Kraft account, will be leaving the Chicago office, probably to continue working for the network in either London or New York.
The pair will be replaced by Rosemarie Ryan and Ty Montague, co-presidents of JWT's New York office. The pair will eventually oversee a new, local management team.
In a statement confirming the move, JWT Chairman-CEO Bob Jeffrey said: "Rosemarie Ryan and Ty Montague are taking on a broader role within JWT North America and will manage the Chicago office. Chicago is and always will be an important part of the JWT portfolio and we are committed to our people and our clients. "
Vote of confidence
That apparent vote of confidence for the Chicago office's future will likely come as a relief there, as the office's future has been a matter of considerable speculation around Chicago ever since Kraft put five former JWT accounts in play earlier this spring, prompting the office to lay off 25% of its staff, about 30 people.
In addition to the Kraft losses, JWT has also shifted the bulk of its Federated Stores account to New York from Chicago in recent months. The Chicago office continues to handle Kraft's Philadelphia and Wheat Thins brands, as well as work for Nestle and HSBC.