It was front-page news in the Richmond Times Dispatch this morning (albeit in the lower left-hand corner).
After less than three years as The Martin Agency’s chief creative officer, John Norman was leaving the ad agency, and Joe Alexander, executive creative director and Norman’s second in command was replacing him, at least temporarily.
According to the agency’s statement, the decision was mutual and the two parties were just “parting ways.” Citing personnel issues, the statement went on to say that “Norman has been with the agency for two and a half years and he has had a considerable, positive impact on this company. We absolutely wish him the best.”
Did he jump, or was he pushed?
As you might expect, tongues are already wagging about possible stories behind the story.
The disappearance of the digital version of the story from www.timesdispatch.com got them wagging even faster.
Lawyers aren’t amicable
According to mediabistro.com, Norman’s departure was “amicable.”
But when things are amicable, do you call in a lawyer?
According to the Times Dispatch‘s Louis Llovio, Norman did. “‘I can’t comment on whether it was mutual or not,’ [Norman] said Thursday, adding that he was speaking with an attorney but had not decided to pursue legal action,” Llovio reported. Read more →