Burnett Boss Brennan Steps Down

03 October 2003

Leo Burnett Worldwide has parted company with its president, Robert C Brennan.

The network – a unit of Publicis Groupe – announced that Brennan has left to pursue other interests, effective immediately. Rumours of his imminent departure have been circulating since the exit of chief operating officer Stephen J Gatfield last month [WAMN: 22-Sep-03].

Until a new president is appointed, Burnett's chair/ceo Linda Wolf will take on Brennan's role at the flagship Chicago office and across North America. In addition, Publicis president/chief operating officer Roger Haupt will look after Burnett in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Gatfield's former fiefdom. The network is hunting a regional managing director for Europe, but not for America.

During his three-year presidency, Brennan was not always popular with his staff. He helped oversee the redundancies and internal restructuring that preceded the takeover of Burnett (and its former parent Bcom3 Group) by Publicis.

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