The chief creative officer of Mazda North American Operations’ advertising agency of record, Garage Team Mazda in Costa Mesa, has “chosen to leave his position to pursue other interests,” according to the Irvine-based automaker.

Harvey Marco led “the creative pitch for the Mazda business” in 2009 for WPP plc in London, the parent of Garage Team. He then helped “manage and grow all aspects of the agency’s business while being responsible for the entirety of the creative output,” according to his LinkedIn profile.

“We wish him well on his new endeavor,” Mazda officials said in an emailed statement. “His replacement will be announced at a later date.”

Marco was chief creative officer at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide in New York for two years prior to joining Garage Team Mazda, and served as executive creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi in Los Angeles from 2003 to 2008.

Garage Team’s estimated 2015 revenue was $28.1 million.

Mazda posted a 12.8% dip in sales in August to 26,109 vehicles. The automaker’s year-to-date sales were at 199,378, down 7.7%.