BACK TIPPED FOR SAATCHI & SAATCHI ECD GIG
DDB Sydney creative director Steve Back is tipped to join Saatchi & Saatchi as ECD, filling the vacuum left after the recent departure of David Nobay. Saatchi CEO Simone Bartley was interstate on business and was not available for comment. A spokewoman for Saatchi said this was total speculation and there was no announcement to be made. Back is still not returning calls and will be taking a holiday, starting tomorrow.
However, in an all staff memo on Friday, DDB executive CD Matt Eastwood confirmed Back was off to Saatchi's: "I say this with a big lump in my throat, but this morning Steve Back handed me his resignation. He's off to Saatchi & Saatchi to take up the role of Creative Director. Steve has made a big impact during his 12 months here at DDB, both professionally and personally.
He's a mate, and always will be, so we wish him well.
He's the first to admit that he's probably bitten off more than he can
But then that's what we love about him.
Of course, now that his joined the competition, we're totally going to
whip his ass.
He was planning to be on holidays next week anyway, so Monday will be
his last official day.
Although I'm sure we'll get a chance to have a drink with him before he
officially takes up the new post.
To infinity and beyond."