MINNEAPOLIS: Hill & Knowlton's two-year relationship with Doug Dome has ended as the founder of Dome Communications, which joined H&K in a much-touted acquisition in 2004, has joined Carmichael Lynch Spong as managing principal and chief creative officer, a newly created position.
Sources close to the situation said Dome was no longer contractually tied to H&K. He is the third executive to leave H&K since July.
Based in Chicago, Dome will concentrate on elevating CLS' lifestyle marketing practice and expanding its presence in the ethnic, women, youth, GLBT, and mature adults marketing arenas. Exploring digital and social media will also be a focus.
"We've grown to a size now where we really need somebody whose mission it is... to elevate the level of creative thinking," said Doug Spong, president of CLS. "We believe that we found that in Doug Dome."
Gene Reineke, H&K COO, said Bob Kopach, currently deputy GM at Dome HK, would step in as acting head of the agency. Reineke added that he, US chairman MaryLee Sachs, CEO Paul Taaffe, and Kopach will meet to determine Dome HK's future marketplace positioning.
"The acquisition of Dome by [H&K] was to establish a strong consumer marketing effort in Chicago," Reineke said. "We still retain that today. I'm very comfortable... saying that we're strongly in the consumer marketplace here in the Midwest."