Wieden+Kennedy Lays Off 20% of Portland Workers


Wieden+Kennedy Portland underwent a major spherical of layoffs this week, the company confirmed to ADWEEK.

A number of sources instructed ADWEEK that the company’s Portland workplace minimize a fifth of its workers in a restructuring designed to higher align the wants of the enterprise with shopper scopes. Sources additionally mentioned W+Okay New York underwent a really small spherical of simultaneous cuts that aren’t tied to this restructuring.

Wieden+Kennedy Portland has had an up and down 12 months and a half with a number of shopper wins, together with DoorDash, MLB, Allstate and Eli Lilly, whereas it misplaced accounts Fisher Value, TurboTax and Duracell. The company didn’t bear any important layoffs following earlier account losses because it was in a position to reabsorb staff on these accounts into different items of enterprise.

“Layoffs are horrible. There’s no strategy to sugarcoat it. However, we’ve gotten to a spot in Portland the place we have to make adjustments to align higher with how our purchasers work. … Our focus proper now could be supporting everybody by means of this transition,” mentioned Jason White, president, W+Okay Portland, in an announcement.

The Portland workplace just lately revamped its management crew, including White, who returned to W+Okay after various client-side years and most just lately served because the CMO of Fanatics Betting and Gaming. The company additionally added co-chief inventive officers Azsa West and Felipe Ribeiro, who moved to the Portland workplace from São Paulo.

Roles in departments throughout all the group have been impacted, as have been roles throughout each degree of seniority. The company declined to offer the entire variety of staff impacted and specifics of the restructuring.

In accordance with info offered to ADWEEK’s Company of the 12 months program, W+Okay’s income was comparatively flat from 2022 to 2023, with its Bodega social studio being a robust driver of progress.

W+Okay’s layoffs are usually not an anomaly within the business proper now. Inventive outlets far and broad have skilled cuts, with holding firm inventive companies feeling the brunt of job losses attributable to declines in shopper spend. Most companies which have carried out layoffs have carried out so quietly, tactfully slicing small numbers in drips, somewhat than in sweeping cuts.


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