When John Adams joined The Martin Agency in Richmond in 1973, it was still going by Martin & Woltz and the agency had about two dozen employees, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch in a feature on the award-winning agency.

Now, continued the Times-Dispatch piece, the agency is going through a fundamental change.

“Adams, the agency’s former longtime chief executive officer, now is preparing to bow out as chairman and migrate to emeritus status. He is handing over the reins of an ad industry powerhouse that is celebrating its 50th anniversary and pondering a vision of further global expansion.

“His move to the background is set to take effect Jan. 1 — though he still will have an office to inhabit on occasion. The agency hasn’t yet named a successor.

“His retirement is the final piece in a wholesale shift in agency leadership.

“Since 2012, The Martin Agency has appointed a new CEO to replace Adams, a new chief creative officer, a new chief operations officer, a new chief financial officer and a new managing director of account management.

“Every one of the new executives is a longtime employee of the agency — and Adams is proud and pleased with that.

“Ad agencies, he said, tend to have problems when there’s new leadership. “We have tried to do it in a way that is as seamless as it could ever be.””

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