Duffy joined the City PR agency from Interbrand in October 2011 in a newly created role to run the firm’s business day-to-day.
It is understood that Duffy left Tulchan at the beginning of May in what agency founder Andrew Grant called a ‘mutual decision’.
Grant explained: ‘Neil realised that Tulchan was not the right company for him and we acknowledged that he had not been the right hire for us so we amicably agreed to part company.’
Grant added that he remained convinced the agency would benefit from a managing partner and that Tulchan is actively recruiting for a replacement. It is thought the agency will recruit externally for the role.
Duffy had responsibility for managing Tulchan’s existing businesses in London and Singapore as well as supporting the development of sister Tulchan companies, Vox and Investor Perceptions.
At brand consultancy Interbrand, Duffy was a director, Europe, among other positions during his six years with the firm. He has also held senior management and commercial roles at Omnicom advertising firms BBDO and DDB, and specialist comms network DAS.
At the time of his hire, Grant said: ‘We see enormous opportunities for continued growth, while maintaining our strong culture and enjoyment of what we do. However, if we are to fulfil that potential we need an experienced, professional manager to complement the entrepreneurial spirit that has brought Tulchan this far.’
Earlier this year Tulchan replaced its existing non-exec directors Cohn & Wolfe founder, former UK CEO of Burson-Marsteller and international president at Edelman Alison Canning, and former Boots finance director Howard Dodd.
Hilary Tuppen, an existing partner at Tulchan, and private equity specialist Hamish Mackenzie both joined the agency’s board in January.