NEW YORK:  Starcom MediaVest Group has announced the surprise departure of Dennis Donlin (pictured) as general manager/president of its GM Planworks unit, which services the media needs of the US auto giant.

A successor has still to be named, but Starcom Americas ceo Laura Desmond expects to make an announcement this week.

Neither party was forthcoming with details, although Donlin, who has been with the agency in its various incarnations for three decades, commented: "It is simply the right time for me to take stock and consider my next career move and I want to do that while spending more quality time with my kids." 

Desmond added: "Dennis has been an integral part of our Planworks operation and a big part of the success that division has achieved. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors."

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