Leo Burnett creative chief Britt Nolan to depart after 10 years

Britt Nolan and Emma Montgomery of Leo Burnett Chicago

According to an internal memo from Leo Burnett, Britt Nolan will step down from his chief creative officer and co-president role for a position at another agency.

“Britt Nolan has decided to move on from Leo Burnett after a great 10-year run. We are very sad to see him go but respect his decision to leave for another agency yet to be announced,” said the memo.

As the agency looks for a successor in the chief creative officer role, the memo stated that global creative lead, Liz Taylor, will partner with chief strategy officer and co-president Emma Montgomery and the leaders of the agency “to maintain our steady growth while keeping the quality of our work paramount.”

Taylor came to Leo Burnett from FCB and was hired in a dual role as North American creative lead of Publicis Communications, the creative communications hub of Publicis Groupe. She partnered with chief creative officer Nick Law and chief strategy officer Carla Serrano to help drive creative solutions.

Law recently announced that he will be leaving Publicis to take on a new role at Apple.

Montgomery was named co-president of Leo Burnett’s flagship office in Chicago along with Nolan earlier this year.

Nolan joined Leo Burnett Chicago in 2009 and was promoted to chief creative officer in 2016. Some of his more notable work includes ‘VanGogh BnB’ for the Art Institute of Chicago; Allstate’s ‘Mayhem’ and ‘Legal-Ade’ for Country Time Lemonade.

The memo ended with a fond farewell to Nolan. “Britt's been a great friend and partner to me and so many of you. He has truly given his all to this agency, our people and our clients. He will certainly be missed, but leaves an important legacy of… work, a commitment to constant improvement and no-BS humanity.”

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