In recent weeks, Waggener Edstrom has announced two major departures: John Taylor, SVP and GM of the Austin and Dallas office, has left for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD); and Katie Kemp, EVP of the Asia-Pacific region and head of the agency's marketing and business development efforts, has resigned. She leaves in June.
“I think everyone is being very transparent about the transition,” says Marianne Allison, EVP and chief innovation officer of WagEd about Taylor’s departure. “We have a couple of good people who are stepping up.”
Allison mentioned that a replacement for the GM position of the central region has been chosen and introduced to clients; the announcement will be made within the month. She claims that there has been little backlash from Texas clients throughout the transition. Sarah Russ continues to be GM of the Austin Office.
Kemp’s responsibilities are being spread across a variety of people. Pam Edstrom is taking on the oversight of APAC, Marianne Allison is taking over the marketing responsibilities, and Corey DuBrowa and Debra Raine are stepping up to handle the new business development and regional support aspects. “Really it has been an opportunity for us to expand our scope,” says Allison. “We have been able to take things on easily because Katie has given us the time to transition into these roles gradually.”
Kemp leaves the firm to pursue a longtime dream of starting a preschool with her husband. “Both John and Katie are moving onto other phases in life,” says Allison. “These are things that WagEd could not offer them.