CAMPAIGN-I: Agency Republic loses its creative director

Agency Republic, the digital agency launched by Omnicom, has lost

its creative director Ken Muir after just three months.



Agency Republic said Muir left for personal reasons. His departure is an

early setback for the agency, which was launched by the Omnicom agencies

Agency.com and Claydon Heeley Jones Mason in February.



Muir will be replaced by Rob Scott, the executive creative director of

Claydon Heeley. Claydon Heeley also recently hired Dave Woods and Peter

Harle from TBWA/London as creative directors.



The managing director of Agency Republic, Martin Brooks, said: "It was

all very friendly. Rob is getting married in August and, having just

returned from the US, decided he didn't want to work his nuts off."



Muir joined Agency Republic from FCBi, where he was creative

director.



He also launched its Chicago office. Prior to this he had direct

marketing experience as assistant creative director at Wunderman Cato

Johnson, now Impiric, and as creative director at Evans Hunt Scott.



Agency Republic is backed jointly by Agency.com and Claydon Heeley.

Agency.com recently laid off more than 30 per cent of its UK staff.

Seneca Investments is understood to be in negotiations with the web shop

about acquiring shares in the firm.



Agency Republic was launched in February by Scott Gustlin, Agency.com's

vice-president of European operations, and Brooks, who was previously

the joint managing director of Claydon Heeley.



The agency was launched with 20 staff drawn from both Claydon Heeley and

Agency.com.



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