Fallon Tidies Up

NYT: Pat Fallon, the chairman of Fallon Worldwide in Minneapolis, unexpectedly fired his hand-picked senior creative executive yesterday after less than a year in the job.
Paul Silburn, who joined Fallon as executive creative director for North America in early February 2005, was dismissed along with Mark Taylor, a creative director hired from Crispin Porter by Mr. Silburn last summer. A search for a successor for Mr. Silburn is under way.
The firings came after months of turmoil at Fallon, part of the Publicis Groupe, that included the loss of major clients like BMW, Dyson vacuum cleaners and the Lee jeans division of the VF Corporation.
Although Mr. Silburn is “a brilliant creative, international talent, and a great guy,” Mr. Fallon said in a statement, “I am not satisfied with our progress.”
There are about 50 employees in the Fallon creative department in Minneapolis; the agency also has offices overseas in cities including Hong Kong, London, Singapore and Tokyo.

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. In order to both celebrate and critique the industry, I started AdPulp in Chicago in 2004. In 2006, I launched and led an agency content department at BFG. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.