Saatchi & Saatchi has announced today its chief creative officer, Toby Talbot, is set to depart the business this March.
It has been three years since Talbot took up the role at the New Zealand arm of Saatchi & Saatchi, as he now looks towards moving to Europe to be closer to his family.
Talbot says his announcement comes with a heavy heart.
“My wife Jo and I have wanted to be closer to our daughters and family in the UK for some time. I’m proud of the agency I’m leaving behind. I will miss our clients, our inclusive culture and of course, the name on the door. The agency mantra ‘Nothing is Impossible’ has always been, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. Thanks for everything Saatchi.”
Managing director Paul Wilson said, “While it will be sad to say goodbye to my good friend and Creative Partner, I completely understand Toby’s desire to be nearer to his family. He leaves the agency in good hands. We’ve got a strong group of creative leaders in Corey, Kristal and Jordan, some great new talent and a reinvigorated creative department. We wish him all the best and thank him for his contribution.”
A global search for his replacement is already underway with an announcement on his successor to be made shortly.