Marcel CEO Gavin Levinsohn exits

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 22 August 2018

Marcel CEO Gavin Levinsohn has departed the Publicis-owned agency after three years within the holding company, AdNews can reveal.

Levinsohn joined Publicis Sydney in 2015 as group managing director before becoming the CEO of Marcel when it opened in 2016.

Levinsohn departure comes as David Nobay's role in the business is questioned by senior leaders in the industry. Publicis is adamant Nobay, better known as Nobby, remains as Marcel creative chairman, however several sources tell AdNews he is tipped to exit for a new venture.

Marcel will now be led by managing director Ryan Bernal and ECD Wes Hawes, reporting into Publicis Communications CEO Michael Rebelo.

In another blow, but not relating to Levinsohn's departure, the agency has lost one of its major clients in Tiger Beer, which has shifted its business to Publicis Singapore.

"Concurrently but not associated to developments with Tiger, Gavin Levinsohn has resigned as MD of Publicis Worldwide Australia, which covers Publicis Brisbane and Marcel Sydney," a Marcel spokesperson says.

"After three years with Publicis and 20 years in the advertising industry, Gavin has decided to try new business opportunities and we wish him the very best in his new endeavours."

Bernal, who has been with Marcel since its inception, is now tasked with rebuilding the reputation of Marcel following the loss of OPSM in December last year and the departure of ECD Scott Huebscher in March. Marcel was recently added to the Foxtel roster.

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