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M&C Saatchi’s chief creative officer Andy DiLallo in shock exit after less than two years

Andy DiLallo, chief creative officer at M&C Saatchi, is leaving the agency after less than two years.

Andy DiLallo exiting M&C after less than two years

Andy DiLallo exiting M&C after less than two years

The agency announced the move this afternoon, saying DiLallo would be spending more time with his family.

The statement noted: “Andy has been an instrumental part of the business for close to two years. He has decided to spend more time with his young family. For anyone who knows the year Andy has had, this couldn’t be closer to the truth.”

The creative director came from Leo Burnett in April of 2015 and his move was followed in January of this year when M&C won the Woolworths account from Leo Burnett.

DiLallo was considered a huge coup for CEO Jaimes Leggett who said that his departure was a loss to the agency.

“We’re gutted to see Andy go. He’s a brilliant creative and a top bloke,” Leggett said.

“I’d personally like to thank him for always championing the work. I have no doubt that he’ll go on to do great things in his next creative endeavour.”

DiLallo said he had seen the agency go from strength to strength.

“When Jaimes and the partners invited me to take M&C’s already formidable creative reputation to the next level, I accepted with honour,” Di Lallo said.

“Now I leave a creative department I believe is unmatched in this country and a culture of innovation that makes me truly proud of what we’ve collectively achieved. For me it’s now time to refocus my energies from professional, to personal. I leave M&C knowing that their clients are in the best shape and that the future is exciting for both of us.”

DiLallo is the latest in a series to senior creative directors to have vacated their jobs in recent days including Darren Spiller at DDB in Melbourne, Paul Nagy at Clemenger BBDO in Sydney and Bob Mackintosh at Host.

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