Birthday Bubbly from Allied Domecq for 141’s Resigning CEO

11 July 2003

Another head honcho is quitting the listing ship lest the waves eventually engulf Cordiant Communications.

The latest evacuee is Colin Hearn, ceo of Cordiant’s integrated network 141 Worldwide, who revealed Thursday he had tendered his resignation on June 23. Cordiant, however, is insisting he serve his full period of notice ending December 23.

Hearn says he is currently mulling “several different options,” one of which ad industry insiders hint is a key role at Publicis Groupe. A major 141 client, Allied Domecq, plans to transfer its business to an unnamed Publicis shop in October.

But Hearn gets coy when the Publicis option is mentioned. He celebrates his 53rd birthday today (Friday) and just happened to let slip that a crate of champagne had arrived on his doorstep from Allied Domecq.

But is he set to run the Allied account for the rival holding company?

“It would not be a surprise if that's what I decide to do,” said Hearn demurely. “I’m not there yet because they are not legally allowed to offer me a job, but if they give me one, it’s a different kettle of fish.”

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