Blake Ebel is out at Euro RSCG/Chicago. After a six-year stint as a top creative at the shop, Ebel is leaving to take the top creative job at Factory Design Labs, a Denver-based shop. Sources said Ebel had been interested in getting his own top creative post for a while.
Most recently at Euro RSCG, Ebel and Steffan Postaer were co-chief creative officers, an awkward arrangement that may have hastened Ebel's exit from the shop. Plus, the recent departure of the Barilla pasta account from Euro RSCG may have been a deciding factor in Ebel's exit. Ebel brought that piece of business to Euro when he came there from Young & Rubicam/Chicago. The Barilla loss is but one of several that have hit Euro RSCG in recent times, and the agency has been slow to bring in large, high-profile pieces of business to replace the losses.
Euro RSCG released a statement thanking Ebel for his "role in helping grow Euro RSCG/Chicago into the agency it is today." For now Steffan Postaer will continue in his role as sole chief creative officer at Euro. The agency said it intends to replace Ebel.