TBWA\Chiat\Day LA tapped Rohit Thawani as head of digital strategy. Thawani will work with TBWA\Chiat\Day LA and DAN LA clients including Pepsi, Nissan, adidas, Google and the Grammy’s. He will report to Nick Barham, chief strategy officer. Most recently, Thawani was a lead strategist at 72andSunny where he worked on Google Ad Arts. Prior to that, he spent three years at BBDO NY as digital strategy director working with clients such as FedEx, Mars Chocolate and Lowe’s Home Improvement. Thawani also worked in digital media for five years at Mediavest, where he led digital efforts for Coca-Cola’s strategic properties including the Super Bowl, American Idol, NASCAR, NBA, NCAA and the Olympics.
Johannes Leonardo hired Michael Duda as chief executive officer. Duda will oversee the agency’s operations, teams and clients – including Google, Diet Coke, Sprite and Nike – working in partnership with agency co-founders and chief creative officers Jan Jacobs and Leo Premutico. Previously, Duda was co-founder and managing partner of Consigliere Brand Capital, a marketing management consultancy and investment fund. Duda will remain an investor in Consigliere. Prior to that, Duda spent more than a decade (1997-2000, 2001-2010) at Deutsch, most recently as partner and chief corporate strategy officer responsible for shaping the agency’s marketing, acquisition and joint venture planning, and corporate communications initiatives. Johannes Leonardo has also hired Julian Schreiber and Tom Martin as executive creative directors from Clemenger BBDO Melbourne where they served as creative directors.
Anton Josef joined the roster at Harpoon Pictures for commercial representation in the U.S.
Sam Champion is joining The Weather Channel to anchor the network's new flagship morning show, which is set to debut in early 2014. Based at The Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta, Champion will also serve as managing editor. Most recently, Champion was the Weather Anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America" and Weather Editor for ABC News.
Criteo named Jean-Louis Constanza as chief innovation officer.
Fanscape hired Jennifer Chen as director of strategy, Aniela Rigali as account director and Amy Garcia as analytics manager.
Dstillery (formerly Media6Degrees) hired Daizhuo (Henry) Chen, PhD, as a data scientist.
Definition 6 named Stewart Brooks as chief financial officer.
Wexley School for Girls hired Amy Lower as project manager, Rob Scherzer as a digital specialist and Evan Bross as an art director.
NBCUniversal tapped Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza as vice president, community affairs, Hispanic enterprises & content.
Umbel hired Jim McNamara as senior vice president of global sales.
Delivery Agent hired Michael Novelly as chief financial officer.
HUSTLE hired Matt Walsh as director of business development, charged with heading up HUSTLE's new West Coast operation based in LA. He hails from the New Zealand offices of interactive shop, RESN, where he was an interactive producer on brands like Hennessey and NZTA.
NDN named John Vilade as executive vice president of ad sales.
Chilean director Cucho Olivares has joined Harpoon Pictures for exclusive representation in the United States.
Precision Health Media named Peter Fontana as a vice president of advertising sales and Richard O’Connor as its first chief financial officer.
Independent agency Barkley, has named David Weaver as executive vice president, creative strategy, a position created specifically for Weaver. He was most recently CEO of Cheil USA, where he led the re-launch of the South Korean agency network stateside. Weaver will begin his new role on January 1, 2014, and work in partnership with Tim Galles, chief strategy officer, and Don McKinney, chief idea officer, on all work produced by Barkley. Prior to Cheil, Weaver held various leadership roles at TM Advertising, Publicis and TBWA/Chiat/Day. “Having run agencies, I'm now doubly excited to get back to hands-on work with clients,” said Weaver.
David&Goliath named Adam Blankenship as account director for the Kia National account. Blankenship will lead the National Advertising Team for Kia Motors America, providing account management and strategic development on the business. He will report to Brook Dore, group account director. Blankenship joins the agency from BBDO NY, where he served as vice president, account director on Exxon Mobil, New York State, Monster.com and General Electric. D&G also promoted Josh Crick to director of digital. Crick joined the agency in 2012 as digital account director on Kia. Prior to D&G, Crick held senior leadership roles at HUGE, Blitz and Napster, developing digital strategies for brands such as Ford, Nissan, Vizio, Hilton Hotels, Red Bull, Beats by Dre, Golf Channel and Royal Caribbean.
The S3 Agency has hired Matthew Mauriello as account director. Mauriello brings more than 11 years of industry experience, primarily at NYC agencies, to his role at S3, where he will provide strategic planning and direction across a number of accounts. Previously, Mauriello worked at Saatchi & Saatchi, Wieden + Kennedy, and Young & Rubicam on brands like General Mills' Cheerios products, ESPN and Samsung Electronics.
Colle+McVoy promoted eight within its creative department. Harlo Petoskey was promoted to lead UX, up from senior user experience architect. Chris Gault was elevated to associate creative director, up from senior copywriter. Dan Jenstad, previously senior interactive designer, now serves as interactive associate creative director. Karl Madcharo is now associate creative director, up from senior art director. Alix Nichols was promoted to senior interactive studio artist, up from interactive designer. Ryan Wenner was elevated to senior creative developer, up from creative developer. Derek Kirchoff was upped to senior creative developer from creative developer and Max Thorson now serves as senior creative developer, up from creative developer.