The Drum has learned that Peter Lewtas, executive creative director of TBWA\Manchester is to leave the agency 'for personal reasons'.
The agency confirmed to us today that Lewtas, who joined in April of last year, is to leave the agency.
However, it is understood that a family member has been recently diagnosed with a condition requiring specialist treatment and he wants to spend more time in the South East, where his family live.
Lewtas said: “I’m terribly disappointed to have to leave such a talented and hard working creative department. Especially as all the hard work is just starting to bear fruit with some excellent work in production.”
Fergus McCallum, chief executive officer of TBWA\Manchester, said: “We wish Pete and his family well and thank him for improving our creative output and helping us to take the agency forward.”
He joined the Manchester agency in April 2009, replacing creative directors Richard Sharp and Mick Foden, having previously spent five years acting as executive creative director for IPG New York on Nokia N series worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi London for Toyota Europe and JWT Dusseldorf on Mazda Motors Europe.
He had previously worked for the TBWA network as creative director at TBWA\Chiat\Day New York.