Havas Media N.A. hired Tom Goodwin as senior vice president, strategy and innovation. He joins Havas Media from The Tomorrow Group, which he was the founder and served as the director. In this newly created role, Goodwin will be working alongside chief strategy and development officer, Greg James, to guide high-level strategy and content efforts. Prior to founding Tomorrow, Goodwin was director, partner development, at IPG Media Lab, and prior to that, led new business development and strategy for companies including HUGE and Lowe Worldwide. "We're excited to have Tom on board at Havas Media this year - he brings a wealth of great experience and will be infusing all our client plans with a fresh perspective on where we are as an industry and where we're heading," said James. "He'll be tasked with bringing new perspectives to our clients as we help them innovate for tomorrow."
Icaro Doria will join DDB New York as chief creative officer, beginning in March. Doria will report to Chris Brown, president / chief executive officer of DDB New York. Most recently, Doria was the founder and executive creative director of Wieden+Kennedy in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Under Doria's leadership, the office won several local, regional and global accounts, including Coca-Cola's global effort for the FIFA World Cup 2014, Diageo's Smirnoff, TIM Telecom (Brazil's second largest mobile provider), Original Bank (Brazil's largest rural bank), Heineken, Nike, Mondelez, Philips and Coca-Cola's juices portfolio. Doria will lead the agency's entire creative department. His career spans three continents, from his native Brazil, to Portugal to the U.S. market, where he spent six years prior to returning to Brazil with Wieden+Kennedy. While in the U.S. he worked as group creative director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco working on the Hewlett Packard and Sprint Telecom accounts. "DDB has made its name around creating work that influences cultural shifts," said Doria. "The opportunity to help DDB New York do just that is thrilling, and something I couldn't say no to."
CP+B Miami hired Omar Quinones as group planning director. Quinones will lead the planning department on all CP+B Miami accounts including vitaminwater, The Miami Dolphins, Swedish brand Tork and CP+B equity-owned liquor brands Papa's Pilar and Angel's Envy. Quinones rejoins CP+B from RP3 Agency where he served as director of strategy, insights and engagement. Prior to that he was a senior strategist at CP+B working on Best Buy, Burger King, Jell-O, Grey Poupon and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. "We're really happy to have Omar back at CP+B, especially here in Miami," said Jeff Steinhour, agency partner and vice chairman. "Omar understands people and what drives them and he particularly understands the advantages of multicultural thinking in the world today. CP+B Miami has some good momentum and bringing Omar back is certainly a great part of all that is happening here."
Ignited hired Eric Springer as chief creative officer to oversee Ignited's entire creative department. Most recently, Springer was chief creative officer at FCB/West. While running the LA and SF offices, he helped launch Taco Bell's "Live Mas" campaign and land new clients, including Levi's. Prior to FCB, Springer was chief creative officer, partner at Pitch, where he helped brand and grow the agency into a full-service shop. Springer has more than 20 years of experience in the advertising industry, creating campaigns for Volkswagen, Levi's, Taco Bell, General Motors and Coors. While running the VW account at Deutsch, Springer created the highest rated Super Bowl spot of the year, two years in a row: "Punch Dub" in 2010 and "The Force" in 2011. "I am always looking for a new challenge," said Springer. "There is something rewarding about making stuff that matters to people. Stuff that affects them emotionally that they care about. I feel Ignited has lots of opportunities to do this kind of work."
Sorenson Media hired Matt Timothy as chief commercial officer. Timothy will be responsible for business development, sales and marketing. He joins Sorenson from Vindico Group, where he served as president.
Conductor hired Sheridan Orr as senior director of product marketing.
Law firm Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP announced that Doug Jacobs, most recently executive vice president and senior counsel of A+E Television Networks, has joined the firm as a partner in its New York office.
ClearSlide named Raj Gossain as vice president of product.
RealMassive hired Mark Daniel as vice president of partner relations.
CrowdTwist hired Scott Matthews as chief executive officer.
Simulmedia promoted Nick Donahue and Lauren Fry from account executives to senior account executives.
GDC Marketing & Ideation promoted Ashlyn Aschbacher to junior media buyer. For the past two years, Aschbacher has served as a coordinator for the agency’s media department.
PlanSource hired Nancy Sansom as chief marketing officer.
BARKER hired Carol Duncan as senior vice president, chief financial officer. Most recently she served as chief financial officer of Bodden Partners.
Matter Unlimited hired Alexandra Gordon as account managing director and Jake Kahana as creative director.
Discovery Communications hired Jean-Thierry Augustin as president, Sports Strategy & Development in a newly created position at Discovery Networks International, and Peter Hutton was named chief executive officer of Eurosport.
zkipster named Julian Jaeger as chief business officer. Jaeger recently served as director of partnerships for the Clinton Global Initiative.
Industry Index hired Noah Elkin as chief product officer. Elkin joins Industry Index from eMarketer, where he was executive editor and chief evangelist.
Havas Media Group launched LuxHub, a global consulting specialist label that will deliver media communications and marketing support for both luxury brands and luxury audiences. Headquartered in Milan, Isabelle Harvie-Watt, will oversee the strategic expansion.
Mike Pons joined Ovation TV as senior vice president of content distribution. Scott Woodward was promoted to executive vice president, programming and production.
SQAD hired Debra Meyer as chief revenue officer and head of sales. She will be responsible for sales and partnerships for all of SQAD's products, including media planning product Mediatools offered by Workhorse Software.
Cutters added Heather Richardson as a producer. Previously, she was a producer for Cosmo Street Editorial in New York.
StrongView hired Dave Frankland as chief strategy officer.
CelebTV hired Rachelle McCray as host of its digital series and annual network television specials.
Kavitha Mariappan was named vice president of marketing at Databricks.
Wieden+Kennedy New York hired David Stopforth as media director. Stopforth will be responsible for the overall management of media strategy and the development of communications planning efforts across the office. Stopforth will directly oversee clients like Nike's Brand Jordan, Equinox, Booking.com, ABC Entertainment and ABC News. Previously Stopforth was managing director of m/SIX, where he established and built its North American business. Prior to m/SIX, he was group strategy director at Zenith Media in New York, where he led the planning effort for JPMorgan Chase Card Services, H&M North America, Delta Air Lines and PUMA International AG. "The evolution of the landscape has renewed the need for proper integrated planning that includes media thinking alongside creative development," said Stopforth. "As an established full-service agency we are in a great position to help current and prospective clients solve all their problems in one place. I'm really excited to get started."
McCann Worldgroup promoted Harjot Singh to regional strategy director for Europe and Craig Bagno to regional strategy director for North America. Both Bagno and Singh had previously led global strategy on major worldwide accounts, roles they will both retain. In addition, Sarah Watson joins McCann as a global strategy director and will work alongside Singh on the network's General Mills business. She was previously group planning director on Kraft and Pernod-Ricard brands at TBWA\Chiat\Day. Lastly, Commonwealth//McCann, McCann's global Chevrolet marketing communications unit, hired Jonathan Disegi as executive vice president, global director of strategy and research. Disegi was previously global planning director at JWT New York. Bagno most recently served as global strategy leader on Coca-Cola. He has also held the position of executive vice president, worldwide director at MRM//McCann. In his new role, he will be responsible for leadership of the North American strategic community across McCann Worldgroup and its partner agencies. He will continue as global strategic director of McCann Worldgroup's Coca-Cola business.
Arnold Worldwide named Jim Elliott as global chief creative officer, based in Boston. Elliott most recently served as chief creative officer of Y&R New York, where he worked on Land Rover, Dell, Campbell Soup Company and Virgin Atlantic, helping the agency win numerous awards, including Cannes Lions, CLIOs, AICP, ANDYs, One Show, ADC and D&AD. Elliott's global creative role marks a first for Arnold, which had previously organized creative leadership by office. "As a global micro-network, our team is increasingly working on client engagements across the Arnold footprint," said Pam Hamlin, global president of Arnold. "We are looking to unify our creative vision across all of our offices. Jim's strong global experience and outstanding creative credentials will raise the bar for all of us, acting as powerful fuel to drive our clients, our people, and the Arnold brand forward." Prior to Y&R New York, Elliott was group creative director/writer at Goodby Silverstein & Partners. While there, he helped create work for Hyundai, Haagen-Dazs, Denny's, HP, Yahoo!, NetFlix, and Sonic Drive-In.
Saatchi & Saatchi New York hired Paul Bichler as executive creative director. He previously served as group creative director of Droga5. In addition, Luca Lorenzini and Luca Pannese, a creative team known as Luca & Luca, join the New York office from Saatchi & Saatchi's Milan office. While at Droga5, Bichler led creative for the American Express and Hennessy brands. Prior to that, he was executive creative director at JWT New York and creative director at Barlet Bogle Hegarty. Global creative directors Luca & Luca are most recently known for their work for Coordown, an Italian organization that champions the rights of people with Down Syndrome. The pair also created international work for Toyota, Lexus, T-Mobile, Renault, and Novartis. Luca & Luca have worked together since 2000, racking up numerous awards, including 17 Lions -- nine of which were Gold in the last three years.
Upshot hired Hutson Kovanda as senior vice president, creative, a new position. Kovanda will lead key campaigns and work on numerous accounts across the agency's client roster. He will also broaden the senior creative leadership team over the coming months, and will be involved with the agency's new business opportunities. Kovanda will be based in Upshot's Chicago office and report to Brock Montgomery, executive vice president, creative services. Kovanda joins Upshot from Quench & Pavone, where he served as executive creative director. While there, he was responsible for Yuengling, Firefly Vodka and StarKist accounts. Prior to that, he worked at JWT, MARC USA and Wyse Advertising on brands like Sunoco, Rosewood Hotels, Turkey Hill Ice Cream, Rite Aid and 7-Eleven. "Hutson has passion for the idea and can develop and deliver award-winning work in multiple disciplines," said Montgomery. "It was an extensive search. His creativity, vision and experience stood out from everyone else -- way out." Upshot clients include New Balance, Procter & Gamble, Constellation Brands Beer Division, LiftMaster, Subway Restaurants and Kraft Foods.