People in the agency business come and go on a regular basis. For any number of reasons. While the trends may not be as pronounced locally as they are at a national level, it certainly happens.
But every once in a while there’s a departure that makes us stand up and take notice. In recent months, there have been two.
In late November, Marc Cowlin exited his role as VP of Content and Digital Marketing at Duft Watterson, and in doing so effectively shuttered the shop’s San Francisco presence. A little digging around LinkedIn in the weeks that followed revealed that he is now with BlueOwl, a San Francisco-based technology company.
Separately, in late December Jeremy Chase left Drake Cooper (again), this time to take on the role of VP of Business Development at Salt Lake City-based Love Communications. The update came a couple weeks after Drake Cooper’s announcement that agency ownership had been converted to an ESOP structure.
I do not presume to know the reasons behind either of these departures, as there’s always more to the story than what may be shared publicly.
I’ve known both Jeremy and Marc for many years, and wish them nothing but the best in their respective new roles.