Pitch hired Rob Goldenberg as executive creative director and Helena Skonieczny as executive design director and creative director. The pair will work separately and as a creative team and report to Xanthe Wells, chief creative officer of Pitch. Goldenberg spent most of 2013 and 2014 as director of brand marketing for Beats Music where he helped create and oversee all of their messaging. He began his career with a 7-year stint at Secret Weapon Marketing in L.A. working on Jack in the Box campaigns, compiling more than 250 TV commercials and radio spots. Skonieczny comes to Pitch from TBWA/Media Arts Lab (MAL), where she was associate creative director. Through MAL's newest division, Audience Behavior Lab, Skonieczny recently helped launch Nature is Speaking, an environmental campaign for Conservation International featuring Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong'o and Edward Norton. "Helena will oversee all of our design and partner with Rob overseeing all things conceptual at Pitch," said Wells. "We are thrilled to have this incredible duo on the Pitch team; they deepen our bench tremendously."
David Bendtsen joined FUEL451 as director of business development in San Francisco. He spent the last 6 years with FetchBack Retargeting and eBay Enterprise by acquisition.
Reach Agency hired Matt Labate as vice president of creative.
Director Stuart Douglas has signed with Believe Media for U.S. representation.
Ronald Ng, chief creative officer of DigitasLBi North America, has been named as Jury President for the 2015 London International Awards. Ng will preside over the Digital Jury.
iHeartMedia promoted Joseph Robinson to iHeartMedia Ventures Group.
NYLON Media named Carrie S. Reynolds as president, revenue.
Simulmedia promoted Adam T. Quinn to director, advertising sales.
InSkin Media hired Sebastian Schindler as research manager.
Y&R New York hired Juan Charvet as director of experience strategy.
Cut+Run added Adam Becht as senior producer.
Music Choice hired Brett Leitner as senior director, distribution sales & affiliate relations.
Collective Bias hired Dan Vanchieri as chief revenue officer.
B-Reel signed director Jesper Hiro for international representation in the US, UK, Scandinavia, Canada, Germany, France and Australasia.
Wire Stone hired Gregory Butz as vice president and managing director of the agency's Chicago office.
John T. Harmeling joined Grant Thornton LLP as chief marketing officer. Ed Novak was named chief sales officer.
The Weather Company hired David Jaye as chief marketing officer and promoted Maureen Marshall to vice president of communications.
Siteworx promoted Keith Dezern to client partner, manufacturing.
Quillin Advertising, Public Relations & Social Media has hired Antonia Genov as social media manager and promoted Melanie Shafer to public relations supervisor.
Publicis Health Media opened a Chicago office to be managed by Andrea Palmer, senior vice president/group director, media.
Havas Worldwide Chicago named Chris Gyorgy as group creative director, responsible for leading creative on the agency's Citi account, including credit cards, retail and above the line work, in addition to supporting new business pitches and pro bono initiatives.
Ann Ysten was named chief executive officer of Perfect Fools, replacing Patrick Gardner, who is leaving the agency he co-founded in 2002 to go long-distance sailing with his family.
Young & Laramore promoted Brad Bobenmoyer to vice president, marketing, account director and hired Deidre Lichty as writer, Lynn Kendall as production manager and Sarah Scranton as account manager.
Optimove added Joel Lesher to its sales and marketing team.
160over90 hired Dennis Brown, Jeremy Kanefsky, Tina Malek and John Ward as account directors.
Mashable hired Mike Schmidt as director of editorial video.
KSV hired Mike Dabreu as associate creative director and senior copywriter.
Assembly hired Alan Smith as chief digital officer, responsible for leading the agency’s digital media practice and managing teams across display, programmatic, search, video, social and mobile.
DDB New York named Madison Wharton as chief production officer. Wharton will be responsible for creating a new operational model and new capabilities for the integrated needs of the agency. She will report to Chris Brown, president and chief executive officer of DDB New York. Wharton previously served as executive director of production for The Barbarian Group, where she oversaw production of the agency's work across all mediums, while also focusing on operations, developing new agency offerings and managing the agency's production department. Before that, she was head of integrated production at Momentum Worldwide, responsible for building and managing a five-office production department for North America. Over the course of her 15-year career, Wharton has worked with brands including Pepsi, Samsung, GE, Google, Burger King, Microsoft, Volkswagen and American Express.
Following a stint at AKQA overseeing VISA's global World Cup initiative, and TBWA\Media Arts Lab in Shanghai working on Apple, Cristiano Alburitel has rejoined Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners (BSSP) as director of new business. Alburitel previously worked at BSSP from 2007-2012 as account director on LucasArts, Adobe, Electronic Arts and AT&T Interactive. Before joining BSSP in 2007, Alburitel worked at Wieden + Kennedy, EURO RSCG and Leo Burnett.
Wunderman New York added three to its creative department. Jeremy Kinder joins as group creative director. His career has spanned from traditional Madison Avenue agencies, such as McCann Erickson, to Silicon Valley companies like eBay. Cristen Ingram, associate creative director/copywriter, joins the agency from R/GA where she has spent the past five years working on accounts including Johnson & Johnson, Unilever and MillerCoors. Billy Bernhardt was named senior copywriter. He joined the agency from Wunderman UK, where he worked with clients such as Microsoft, Xbox, Shell and Land Rover.
DDB California named Jon Drawbaugh as head of production, responsible for leading and growing the integrated production unit. Drawbaugh will report to Todd Grantham, chief executive officer of DDB California. Drawbaugh joins DDB from Mullen LA, where he served as senior vice president, director of integrated production. While there, he led all aspects of production from TV spots to digital to experiential; among the highlights were the launch of the Acura TLX and winning the Patron tequila account. Before that, Drawbaugh worked at FCB West and led production for clients including Dockers and SimCity. Prior to FCB West, Drawbaugh worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners as a producer on Chevrolet, Sprint, Hewlett-Packard, Dickies, Comcast, Cheetos, Denny's, eBay, Starbucks, Subway, Kayak.com and AIDES. "Jon's tremendous background in integrated production comes at a perfect time as the agency grows and reshapes its creative product in line with opportunities from existing and new clients alike," said Grantham. "We are excited to have him help us build on our very strong foundation."
180LA hired David Povill and Dave Cuccinello as creative directors. The pair will lead the Mitsubishi Motors of North America account. Povill's work on brands like Old Spice ("Smellcome to Manhood") and Volkswagen have won numerous pencils and lions, and his Super Bowl spot for VW, "The Force," held a Guinness World Record for most shared ad ever. He joins the agency from Deutsch LA. Most recently, Cuccinello worked at Grey NY where he was running Volvo, Crown Royal, and Canon, winning an Emmy and a Silver Lion for his film "Inspired" with Canon. While partnered for the first time at 180LA, the pair sat in adjacent offices while working at David & Goliath. "We've shared a wall, but this is the first time we've actually been able to physically see each other," jokes Povill. "I always respected his work though and when I heard he was coming to 180LA too, I knew it was the right move."