And then there was one.
Co-founder Claudia Batten was off to set up her own thing almost as soon as the ink was dry and now another of the three co-founders, Evan Fry (right) is off to rejoin his old agency Crispin Porter+Bogusky as ‘executive director of creative development.’ At least he won’t have to travel far (CP+B is also in Boulder). Which leaves only John Winsor, another CP+B alumnus, of the three co-founders.
Was this quite what Havas CEO David Jones intended when he splashed out owner Vincent Bollore’s money for V&S?
The news of the latest V&S departure may bring a wry smile to the face of WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell. Sorrell is famed for the tightness of the handcuffs he attaches to both his own staff and the sellers of the companies he buys. Will Fry, and indeed Batten, be consigned to long periods of WPP-style gardening leave? Doesn’t sound like it.
Batten, who handled new business, is quite an entrepreneur. In 2006 Microsoft forked out $400m to buy gaming ad network Massive where she was a co-founder.