Need That Kash To Feed That Jones

Chicago Sun Times advertising columnist Lewis Lazare reports that Leo Burnett svp/cd Kash Sree has departed the Wacker Avenue agency for greener pastures. Sree arrived at Burnett in 2002 from Wieden+Kennedy in Portland, Ore., where he was a key creative on the high-profile Nike account.
Lazare writes, “His departure from Burnett suggests he was unable to fully integrate himself into the highly political and complex culture in Burnett’s creative department.”
If Lazare’s assertion is correct, it saddens me, for the agency business fashions itself a meritocracy. Yet, I know, as do countless others, how far that lofty claim is from the truth.

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. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.