After months of speculation, the cat is finally out of the bag -- with JWT officially confirming that the agency's COO (chief creative officer), Adrian Millar, has decided to quit the organisation. Miller had joined JWT's Delhi office as CCO, a role specially created for him when he joined the agency in July 2010.
Colvyn Harris, chief executive officer, JWT, in an official communiqué, says, "Miller is a very talented and accomplished creative and has decided to leave for personal reasons."
Miller says, "Owing to personal reasons, I have decided to leave India. Having worked throughout Asia, I am familiar with the challenge of moving across countries and cultures."
The agency will revert to the earlier structure of five executive creative directors, based on respective client needs. Earlier, in May this year, the agency reshuffled its creative team by shifting Soumitra Karnik, executive creative director from the Pepsi business to the Airtel account, while Surjo Dutt, executive creative director, is now handling the Pepsi account.
Harris adds, "With our talented team of creatives in Delhi overseeing and upholding our creative standards, I'm confident that we will continue to deliver to our benchmarks during this transition."
Miller, who was ranked as one of the top five executive creative directors in the Asia-Pacific region by Media Magazine, was also ranked as one of the Top Two creative directors in Asia by Campaign Brief. His work has also been ranked (twice over) amongst the Top 10 of The Gunn Report.
Miller's work has also won recognition at international award shows such as The One Show, Clio Awards, AdFest, Spikes Asia and London International Awards. Miller has also been part of the jury at D&AD, Clio, Cannes, Spikes and AdFest.