Euro RSCG’s Kling Set to Exit

NEW YORK Jeff Kling, ecd of Euro RSCG here, is leaving the Havas shop, effective Friday, an agency representative confirmed.

Kling, who was hired at the shop by then ecd Kevin Roddy in February 2004, is leaving “to pursue personal projects and spend more time with his family,” according to an internal memo to staff from worldwide agency CEO David Jones.

His memo continued, “People normally say that these decisions are ‘mutual and amicable,’ when in fact they weren’t. However, in this case it is absolutely true.”

Jones’ memo said executive creative directors Michael Lee, 54, and Alicia Johnson, 47, would assume creative leadership of the New York office.

Kling, 40, joined what was then called Euro RSCG MVBMS from independent Wieden + Kennedy in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. While at Wieden in Portland, Ore., for seven years before that, he worked on Miller High Life. Kling became creative leader of Euro RSCG New York in January 2005, five months after Roddy left for Publicis Groupe-backed Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York.

Euro RSCG was lead office on the global $150 million Volvo advertising account. That business was awarded to sibling agency Arnold today, which pitched the business with independent Nitro. However, Euro RSCG remains on the worldwide roster for direct and interactive work.

Euro RSCG’s client roster includes Charles Schwab, Reckitt Benckiser, Air France and Jaguar.