TeamDigital, a Bethel, CT-based agency, hired Brady Coffey as vice president, creative director. Coffey most recently worked at Epsilon, Ryan Partnership and before that, Digitas. While there, he created digital work for Unilever/Dove, Dove Men+Care, Hellmann's, Simple, Mead and Energizer. At teamDigital, Coffey will lead the agency's creative team, and work with clients such as the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, Abercrombie and MasterCard.
TBWA\Group Malaysia named Gigi Lee as chief creative officer, beginning in January. She will be responsible for driving the creative output across all clients within TBWA\Group Malaysia, which includes Creative Juice and Digital Arts Network. Lee joins the agency from Y&R Malaysia, where she served as chief creative officer. "Gigi is an incredibly talented creative leader who is regionally and globally recognized for the impact she has created within the Malaysia advertising community," said Nils Andersson, regional creative president of TBWA\Asia. "We're thrilled Gigi will be joining The Disruption Company in Malaysia." In addition, Hui Tsin Yee was promoted to chief operating officer from her previous role of general manager, and Sa'ad Hussein, previously chief creative officer, was named chairman of TBWA\Group Malaysia.
DDB Chicago hired Myra Nussbaum as senior vice president, group creative director. She will oversee creative for the brands under the Mars Wrigley Confectionery portfolio, and report to John Maxham, chief creative officer of DDB Chicago. She joined the agency from FCB Chicago, where she served as senior vice president, creative director. While there, she led a team of more than 20 creatives on Clorox, Aramark, BMO Harris Bank, Chicago Public Library, Choose Chicago, Valspar, and KFC brands. Prior to FCB, Nussbaum was an associate creative director at Leo Burnett Chicago and a senior art director at Digitas Chicago. "Myra has many fans in the industry because she knows how to motivate people and bring out their best work," said Maxham. "Our work with Mars Wrigley is some of the most creative and highly awarded in the world for a confectionery brand. I wasn't looking for someone who would just continue that tradition, I wanted someone who could bring it to a whole other level. In Myra, I found that person."
The Variable promoted seven people and hired seven. David Mullen was promoted to vice president, and will retain previous responsibilities as director of account management, overseeing daily agency operations. Gary Bostwick was promoted to associate creative director of brand citizenship; Jodi Dias was promoted to associate director of business development; and Kate Fenstermacher was promoted to associate director of operations. Nick Riegal was hired as group account director, to drive long-term account planning, growth, and success. Keith Rose was named director of integrated production to oversee creative execution of all production – traditional and non-traditional. Kate Masten, hired as group media director, will lead the strategy and execution of all integrated media. Mandy Hubich was named account director; Jessica Ptachick was named senior media strategist; Sarah Farland was hired as media planner; and Justin Jackson as a designer. Lastly, Julie Kuhn was promoted to integrated media supervisor, Brandelynn Perry to senior account executive and James Webb to senior account executive.
Tapad hired Igor Elbert as vice president of data science.
Lauren Oliver was promoted to vice president of digital services at DX Marketing.
DialogTech named Bob Burns as chief financial officer.
Breakthrough Entertainment hired Suzanne Wilson as vice president, Family Entertainment.
Michael Doucet joined Vector Media as national account manager & integration strategist.
Quartz hired Heather Timmons as its first White House correspondent.
Gage hired Melissa Buening as a senior project manager.
Jack Morton Worldwide hired three in its New York and Detroit offices. Cara O'Neill was named executive vice president – group account director, Chevrolet account, Detroit. Most recently, she was senior vice president, group account director at GTB (formerly Team Detroit) where she led integrated and experiential marketing initiatives for the Ford brand. Russell J. Rinke was named creative director, Detroit. He also joins the agency from GTB, where he served as vice president, associate creative director for more than 11 years, working on the Ford and Lincoln/Mercury accounts. Lastly, Hugo Burton was tapped as associate creative director, NYC. He joins Jack Morton from Traffik, Sydney, where he was a copywriter and worked with clients like Samsung, Visa, Dyson, Airbnb and Captain Morgan. "Our continued growth at Jack Morton means we need to expand our talent," said Josh McCall, chairman and CEO of Jack Morton Worldwide. "As an ideas-led agency, we are looking forward to further developing our creative and client service teams in order to better meet the needs of our clients and create the extraordinary experiences that they count on us for."
Thom Crowley joined Rain New York as associate creative director, reporting to Will Hall, executive creative director. Crowley previously worked for Boston-based agencies Hill Holliday and Arnold Worldwide, writing for clients like Progressive, Jack Daniel's, Dunkin Donuts, Liberty Mutual, and Ocean Spray.
Giant Spoon hired Sammi Han as social strategist and David Jacobsen as senior strategist. Han will work on the HP account in the agency's L.A. office, reporting to Will Thompson, associate director, social. She previously worked at Com2us, handling the social media and community management for Summoners War, a mobile game. Jacobsen will work on the GE account, reporting to Laura Correnti, executive vice president, managing director, media and operating out of the agency's New York office. Most recently, Jacobsen was a senior account executive and producer at GREY Group. While there, he worked on the National Park Service's "Find Your Park" campaign and projects for HSBC Trade and Canon. "With such a tightly knit group of employees, it's important that we bring people onboard who will mesh well. We know David and Sammi will fit perfectly within our company's culture," said Trevor Guthrie, co-founder of Giant Spoon. "He's got great agency and production background, and she's got excellent gaming industry experience. We know they will be able to bring truly innovative ideas to the table. We are thrilled to welcome them to the team."
Rauxa named Erika Williams as vice president of business strategy. She will be based out of the agency's New York office and lead its business development team. Williams will also oversee select marketing initiatives and strategic partnerships. Most recently, she was chief marketing officer at Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival, where she led partnerships with entertainment properties throughout the West Coast. Prior to that, Williams handled marketing programs for PMK-BNC, Cornerstone Agency and Momentum Worldwide, creating campaigns for Microsoft, Diageo, LG Electronics, American Express, T-Mobile, Perrier-Jouët Champagne, Cole Haan, Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Cognac and DeLeón Tequila. "In Erika, we found an accomplished executive with a long list of achievements in the millennial marketing and consumer/lifestyle entertainment worlds. If anyone embodies our 'head, heart, hustle' mantra, Erika does," said Laurel Rossi, chief marketing officer of Rauxa.