People on the Move
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
  • Tanya Shepley
    RAPP Worldwide
    RAPP Worldwide hired Tanya Shepley as senior vice president, healthcare, U.S., based in New York. She will report to Justin Thomas-Copeland president of RAPP New York, and be responsible for leading all healthcare engagements out of RAPP, New York. Shepley will also serve as the healthcare lead across RAPP U.S. and a partner to RAPP Worldwide's global healthcare leads. Prior to relocating to New York to join RAPP Worldwide, she served as senior vice president, general manager of Digitas Health's San Francisco office. Prior to that, she worked at Wunderman and Time Inc. "Tanya brings with her a wealth of knowledge and vision in the healthcare space – one of our key focus areas for 2017," said Thomas-Copeland. "Her joining our team is a huge step forward, as our office continues to enhance its healthcare talent and capabilities to offer deeper and more progressive solutions for new and existing clients."
  • Jeff Benjamin
    Barton F. Graf
    Barton F. Graf hired Jeff Benjamin as partner, executive creative director. Reporting to chief creative officer Gerry Graf, Benjamin will aid in creative direction on new and existing clients and help grow the agency's range of disciplines across all channels. Most recently, Benjamin was a creative consultant at Bark & Co., a petcare start-up. While there, he worked on brand strategy, marketing and product innovation. Prior to that, he was chief creative officer at JWT, North America and Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Benjamin worked on notable campaigns like American Express' "Small Business Saturday," Best Buy's "Twelpforce," and Burger King's "Whopper Sacrifice." He spent more than eight years at CP+B, initially joining as interactive creative director and eventually moving up to chief creative officer/partner. Soon after, he beagn working for JWT, on campaigns for Macy's, Puma, Nokia, Google, Rolex and Johnson & Johnson, among others. "Jeff and I think a lot alike -- we're both as strategic as we are creative," said Graf. "We just execute our ideas in different ways. His biggest asset has always been his versatility of thinking across channels and his optimism for experimentation, and those traits have been refined even more after working on the client side for the last year. When you put the two of us together, the creative possibilities are endless. We've had a wicked run at Barton. I think with Jeff coming on, we're about to start a new chapter."
  • Geoff Oki
    Heavenspot, part of M&C Saatchi LA, is elevating Geoff Oki to creative director to lead the 15-person creative team as well as manage the agency's continued growth into verticals beyond entertainment, including automotive and hospitality. He will also oversee the expansion of Heavenspot's partnership with video production studio, Culprit Creative. He reports to Heavenspot president Kathryn Schotthoefer and replaces Eric Lamb, who was with LA-based agency since 2011. Oki was tapped for the role after three years as associate creative director, where he worked for clients including FX Networks, Netflix, Mattel, Disney, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment - Lego video games), and Twentieth Century Fox. He has also held design roles with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Break Media (now DEFY Media), and Seth Green's production company Stoopid Monkey (Robot Chicken). "Part of Heavenspot's magic is the team's ability to work collaboratively across strategy, creative, and technology to create campaigns that reach and engage consumers who have high expectations from their favorite brands," stated Schotthoefer. "Geoff is that rare creative who seamlessly blends an instinct for what will excite fans with a deep understanding of how to achieve our clients' goals." Founded in 1996, Heavenspot merged with M&C Saatchi LA in 2015 and works with clients including Netflix, Mattel, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Hulu, NBC, Amazon Studios, ABC, Miramax, Paramount, Ubisoft and Golden Voice (Coachella.)
  • Joe Waugh
    Harmelin Media
    Joe Waugh was promoted to senior vice president of Harmelin Media, up from vice president of the Philadelphia-based agency. As the account director for Regions Bank, Waugh also manages a planning team with 16 employees and 17 accounts, ranging from Hospitals/Health Systems, Financial and Utilities brands. Waugh is a member of Harmelin's Business Development team and Chair of the Contracts Committee. He recently oversaw the agency's Out-of-Home project, which realigned the OOH process including research, planning and buying. In his new role, Waugh will continue to handle his responsibilities, along with a newly-created position as head of account management. Waugh began his media career at Harmelin 23 years ago. While there, he has managed accounts such as Aetna, Dex and Fox Chase Cancer Center.
  • Kelly Blake and Meredith Powlison
    Catapult Creative Labs
    Catapult Creative Labs hired Kelly Blake as vice president of client services & strategy and Meredith Powlison as project manager.
  • Ash Eldifrawi
    Redbox hired Ash Eldifrawi as chief marketing and customer experience officer.
  • Kitty Snyder
    Artifact Design
    Artifact Design added Kitty Snyder as executive producer.
  • David Richardson
    Fame hired David Richardson as executive creative director.
  • JC Oliver and Matt Von der Muhll
    Unlockd named JC Oliver as global chief creative officer and Matt Von der Muhll as chief revenue officer.
  • Magnus Härdner, Olof Lindh, Ivan Grbovic, Tom Haines and Daniel Benmayor
    B-Reel Films
    B-Reel Films signed directors Magnus Härdner, Olof Lindh, Ivan Grbovic, Tom Haines  and Daniel Benmayor.
  • Liam Blackwell
    Gyro promoted Liam Blackwell to the newly created role of global chief digital officer.
  • Fabio Zangla
    Framestore hired CG supervisor, Fabio Zangla.
  • Natalie Serota
    SteelHouse named Natalie Serota as vice president, head of business development.
  • Ana Mackay-Sim
    ORC International
    ORC International, part of Engine Group, named Ana Mackay-Sim as chief marketing officer.
  • Paul Fahey
    Overit hired Paul Fahey as chief operating officer.
  • Michael Quigley
    TBS & TNT
    Michael Quigley was promoted to executive vice president of commercial operations, content strategy & monetization for Turner's TBS & TNT.
  • Mike Gelormino and Jade Faugno
    Intermarket Communications
    Intermarket Communications named Mike Gelormino a senior vice president and Jade Faugno a vice president.
  • Michael Della Penna
    Michael Della Penna was named executive vice president of growth and strategic partnerships at Cuebiq.
  • Matthew Essenburg and Dan Lawton
    Ad-Juster promoted Matthew Essenburg to chief technology officer and Dan Lawton to chief marketing/chief business development officer.
  • Seth Greenberg and Scott Jones
    Alteryx named Seth Greenberg as chief marketing officer and Scott Jones as chief revenue officer.
  • Mark Nusca
    Energi PR
    Energi PR hired Mark Nusca as managing director.
  • David Cohn
    MediaBrix named David Cohn as vice president of East Coast sales.
  • Dermot O’Grady
    Brainshark hired Dermot O’Grady as chief financial officer.
  • Kara Brower, Ryan Murray and Roman Paluta
    Solve promoted Kara Brower, Ryan Murray and Roman Paluta to partners.
  • Bo Mirosseni
    HOUND signed Bo Mirosseni to its directorial roster.
  • Kitty Brandstater, Kristi Faulkner and Sandy Sabean
    Kitty Brandstater, Kristi Faulkner and Sandy Sabean have launched Essentially, a New York strategy firm that will advise healthcare organizations and health-tech brands on how to build strategic empathy into their communications and patient interactions.
  • Matt Miller
    BBDO San Francisco
    BBDO San Francisco promoted Matt Miller to chief creative officer.
  • Julien Delatte
    FRED & FARID Paris named Julien Delatte as head of strategy & business intelligence.
  • Dipanjan Chattopadhyay and Igor Polovinchik
    OpenX named Dipanjan Chattopadhyay as vice president of product for core exchange and Igor Polovinchik as vice president of technology operations.
  • Rob Neibauer
    Reflektion named Rob Neibauer as vice president of sales.
  • Daniel Incandela
    Return Path
    Return Path promoted Daniel Incandela to chief marketing officer.
  • John Haberstock
    Pinckney Hugo Group
    Pinckney Hugo Group hired John Haberstock as vice president of account services.
  • Sergio Alcocer
    Rest of the World
    Sergio Alcocer, former president and chief creative officer of LatinWorks has launched his new advertising agency, Rest of the World.
  • Erik Semmelhack
    Ars Thanea
    Erik Semmelhack was promoted to president, North America of Ars Thanea.
  • Josh Hayward
    Derby signed Josh Hayward to its directorial roster.
  • Corey Stewart
    Harbor Picture Company
    Harbor Picture Company hired Corey Stewart as chief technology officer.
  • Caroline Bubnis
    The Door: An Idea House
    The Door: An Idea House has expanded its Los Angeles operation with Caroline Bubnis, executive vice president, who will oversee the company’s west coast presence.
  • Jason Shu
    Aki Technologies
    Aki Technologies named Jason Shu as senior vice president of data science.
  • Jamie McGarry and Mark Hansen
    DDB Chicago
    DDB Chicago, promoted Jamie McGarry to senior vice president, director of business development, and Mark Hansen to chief client officer, managing director. McGarry will spearhead new business and organic growth and continue to report to Paul Gunning, president and chief executive officer of DDB Chicago. Hansen's duties have expanded to include operational aspects of running DDB Chicago on a daily basis. He remains head of DDB Chicago's account management department and oversees the agency's client relationships. In the past year, McGarry led DDB Chicago to win multiple new assignments, including LifeLock, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and State Farm's brand repositioning. Most recently, she played an important role in designing the new agency and structure that led the new entity, "We Are UNLIIMITED," to win the integrated assignment for McDonald's in the U.S. For the last four years, Hansen has led DDB Chicago's 100+ person account management department. He maintains the agency's relationships with clients such as LifeLock, LaQuinta, Mars Wrigley Confectionery portfolio and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Hansen also leads the diversity and inclusion initiatives, including Better by Half, "Pride in Talent" and Unconscious Bias training for all 250 DDB Chicago employees. "Jamie and Mark were major catalysts behind our success in 2016, and they are dedicated to building on that momentum," said Gunning. "Not only has Jamie transformed our new business track record, but she has been instrumental in shaping our business development practices. Similarly, Mark has evolved the way we work with clients and partners, grown our existing businesses, and he is leading the roll out of the FLEX model."
  • Nate Hinners, Kory Brocious, Michael Barbano and Emily Bress
    Baldwin& is expanding its creative department with two art directors and two copywriters in order to manage its growing client base. Nate Hinners is departing Possible Worldwide, Seattle to join as senior art director, working across accounts including Cree, Krispy Kreme, and Seventh Generation. He reports to agency co-founder and executive creative director Bob Ranew and replaces Jimmie Blount who left to join Austin-based Preacher. Kory Brocious is named to the newly-created art director role and reports to Ranew. He has worked with accounts such as Reebok, Shell, Lamborghini, and Zaxby’s and was part of an award-winning team - One Show Silver Pencil - for the "Gender Inequality in the Military" campaign on behalf of nonprofit organization Protect our Defenders in 2016. Michael Barbano is added to a newly created copywriter position, hailing from 22squared in Atlanta, where he was also a copywriter. His other experience includes stints at Barker and Iris Worldwide. Reporting to David Baldwin, Barbano will work on the Krispy Kreme, Cree and Ponysaurus Brewing accounts. Lastly, Emily Bress also joins as a newly created copywriter having worked on accounts including Navy Federal Credit Union, Carrabba’s, Med Express, Quickrete, and Checkers & Rally’s. She reports to Baldwin. All executives will be based at the 35-staffed agency's Raleigh, NC office. "Our work with current clients is expanding," says David Baldwin, co-founder, CCO, Baldwin&. "Our people are everything and are what make this such a great place to work. So we've brought aboard a great mix of people who are completely on mission with what we are trying to do."
  • Adrian Barrow, Brandon Mugar and Jai Tedeschi
    R/GA LA
    R/GA Los Angeles has expanded its leadership team to include Adrian Barrow as executive strategy director; Brandon Mugar as co-executive creative director; and Jai Tedeschi as executive production director. Their arrival follows the recent appointment of senior vice president, managing director, Nicky Bell and rounds out the existing leadership team, which includes Kalle Hellzen, co-executive creative director and Kat Friis, executive production director, US Content Studio. Barrow brings 25 years of global experience to his new role. He has held director level positions at agencies including J. Walter Thompson, Saatchi & Saatchi, Goodby Silverstein & Partners and DMB&B. Mugar joins the agency from Wieden + Kennedy, where he served as freelance creative director on the Samsung account. He has 14 years of agency experience, working on clients like HBO, Adidas, Jordan, Airbnb and Axe. Tedeschi is transferring from R/GA London, where she spent three years helping grow the office and working on Beats by Dre, Nike, Heineken and Google. She previously worked as head of digital production at adam&eveDDB and production director at Lowe and AKQA. "Brandon joining Kalle as co-ECD, was a natural move for us given our belief in creating at the intersection of stories and systems. It will be a dynamic and complementary partnership and one that will have a real impact on our work," said Bell. "Add to that Adrian's diverse and very deep experience in brand strategy, and Jai and Kat innovating around our experience, tech and content production capabilities, we could not be more excited for what is to come in 2017."
  • Alexander Rea, Kimberly Bernhardt, Melissa Martinez and Michael Collins
    DDB New York
    DDB New York promoted two and hired two. Melissa Martinez, former group business director, was elevated to chief marketing officer, and Michael Collins, former global business director, was promoted to managing partner. Alexander Rea was hired as creative technology officer, and Kimberly Bernhardt joins as managing partner. Most recently, Martinez led integrated communications planning for the New York Lottery, and digital innovation initiatives and platform development for State Farm. As CMO, Martinez will be responsible for new business development, driving organic growth and leading key strategic marketing initiatives for the agency. Collins is charged with building enduring agency/client partnerships in his group, which includes clients such as Merck, Lilly, Huawei, and Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies. Prior to his new role, he led integrated agency teams for Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon global surgery business. Rea joins the agency from Framestore where he was head of creative technology. Prior to that, he served as technology experience lead at Co: Collective. This new role is responsible for providing technology leadership and oversight for all of the agency's projects. Bernhardt joins the agency from Glamour, where she served as executive director of communications and oversaw all communications, including brand development, PR, events, partnerships and special projects. Prior to Glamour, she was executive vice president at Edelman on the Global and U.S. Unilever business. "These promotions and hires are part of this and reinforce our commitment to ensuring we attract and retain the very best talent," said Chris Brown, president and chief executive officer of DDB New York. "Both Alexander and Kimberly bring new skill sets to the leadership team and ensure we are broadening our capabilities to meet the changing demands our clients have of us as a partner. And it is always great to recognize and promote internally. Both Michael and Mel have been doing a fantastic job and thoroughly deserve these promotions."
  • Chris Wallrapp and Leslee Kiley
    Hill Holliday
    Hill Holliday promoted Chris Wallrapp to president and Leslee Kiley to chief operating officer. The agency has not had a president since Karen Kaplan became chairman & CEO in 2013, and the COO title is new. Wallrapp, who previously served as chief growth officer, joined the agency in 2010 and led the teams behind new business wins, including Planet Fitness and Tempur Sealy International. Previously, Wallrapp held strategic roles at GSD&M, Fallon, Carmichael Lynch and Modernista!, where he first teamed up with Hill Holliday's chief creative officer, Lance Jensen. Kiley, a 20+ year veteran of the agency, most recently served as head of account management. In addition to leading the Bank of America account, she's been the management force behind many award-winning creative campaigns for Bank of America. Account director Kerry Benson, who joined the agency in 2006 and has managed Liberty Mutual and LG Appliances, will succeed Kiley as managing director of account management. "These changes allow us to further our key goals of growth, efficiency and innovation by adding two critical roles and filling them with proven senior executives who appreciate our history and share our vision for the future," said Kaplan.