Havas Dusseldorf CCO Darren Richardson to Depart the Agency
Havas Dusseldorf's chief creative officer Darren Richardson leaves the owner-managed network after two years to return to his birth place England with his family. In spring 2017, he came from the local competitor BBDO and served Havas as European ECD digital and chief creative officer for the Dusseldorf office, where he was responsible for the creative product.
"It’s with good conscience that I start my new chapter. In Dusseldorf we have been able to install a very strong and internationally experienced creative team over the last couple of years, which has been able to push our creative output – and will continue to do so in the future,” says Richardson. “Of course, it's a tough decision and I'm sad to leave it all behind. On the other hand, it is well known that one should leave on the high note – and I look with pride on our shared mileage, especially in the last year."
Under the creative leadership of Darren Richardson and group CCO Eric Schoeffler, Havas Germany achieved the most historically successful results in international creative competitions in 2018 and was ranked for the first time in the BVDW ranking of the most creative digital agencies. The two Havas Dusseldorf projects 'Repicturing Homeless' for Getty Images and fiftyfifty, and 'The Footballpen' for radio.net, won 27 awards last year.
"Darren is a great person who is passionate about ideas and tries to get the most out of them," says Eric Schoeffler. "We thank Darren for everything he has built and achieved in a short time with Havas Dusseldorf. Personally, as a friend, I also express my greatest appreciation and I wish him and his family all the best for their new adventure."
In addition to his dual role as chief creative officer of Group Germany and executive creative director Europe, Eric Schoeffler, who is based in the Dusseldorf office, will take over the role of Richardson without replacement.