Top creative leaves Tribal DDB

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John Young, chief creative officer for North America at Tribal DDB, New York, the interactive arm of Omnicom Group's DDB Worldwide, resigned effective Feb. 6. Mr. Young, 40, who informed staffers of his decision in a memo on Jan. 31, said he has no immediate plans to join another agency.

"The last ten years have been a sprint," he said in a phone interview. "I'm going to take the next couple of months off, if I can."

Prior to joining DDB two years ago, Mr. Young was chief creative officer of Modem Media, Norwalk, Conn. (formerly Poppe Tyson), where he was one of the pioneers of Internet advertising. Modem Media is 46% owned by True North Communications.

As top creative at Tribal DDB, Mr. Young was responsible for overseeing the creative directors in the unit's six branches in the U.S. and Canada. For now, Tribal DDB's CEO-North America Matt Freeman will take over those duties.

Copyright February 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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