Exact Details Unknown; Tim Jones Named New CEO

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- ZenithOptimedia Americas CEO Rich Hamilton is leaving the company for an unspecified length of time in what a press release termed a “leave of absence for personal reasons.”

CEO Rich Hamilton has suddenly left ZenithOptimedia.
Tim Jones
The Publicis Groupe-owned media agency has named Chief Strategy Officer Tim Jones to replace him and promoted Wendy Marquardt to chief operating officer. The agency also promoted Peggy Green to president of broadcast and entertainment for Zenith Media USA.

The changes are effectively immediately.

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In an interview, Mr. Jones declined to give further details about Mr. Hamilton’s leave of absence. Mr. Hamilton couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

Mr. Jones joined the group in 1985. He reports to Steve King, CEO of ZenithOptimedia Worldwide.

Last year, Nestle consolidated its buying and planning in the U.S. at ZenithOptimedia. More recently, the agency was selected for L’Oreal USA’s Maybelline work.

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