Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam tapped Blake Harrop as managing director. Harrop replaces Clay Mills who left the agency for a new position in the United Kingdom. Harrop joins from the agency's Tokyo office, where he spent the last four years running the agency. He is credited with growing the office and creating work for Nike, Facebook and Ben & Jerry's. Prior to W+K Tokyo, Harrop was a senior vice president at Digitas New York and worked client-side in Seoul as the global head of interactive marketing for Samsung. "Our Amsterdam office has always been a global powerhouse and Blake's DNA makes him the perfect fit for the office," said Dave Luhr, president and partner of W+K. "I don't know too many Managing Directors out there who have lived in every region of the world, speak five languages, have proven digital chops, is a Judo master and knows how to inspire creativity."
Saatchi & Saatchi New York hired Talia Handler as group account director, leading the agency's Chase account. She will report to agency CEO, Brent Smart. Handler was previously executive vice president, group account director at Deutsch New York where she spent the last three and a half years helping to manage and develop the agency's Microsoft business. Handler also led the Jagermeister account at the agency, a win for Deutsch at the end of 2013. Prior to joining Deutsch, she was a senior partner, executive marketing director at Ogilvy, where she worked as a member of the IBM Smarter Planet Brand leadership team.
David&Goliath promoted Seema Miller to managing partner, chief strategy officer, up from executive director, head of planning. Miller will continue to report to David Angelo, Founder and Chairman of D&G, and be responsible for leading strategic insights across the agency's roster of clients and new business. Since joining the agency in 2013, Miller's key areas of focus include Kia Motors, driving the agency's new business, and building new clients like Coca-Cola's ZICO Coconut Water, hamburger chain Jack in the Box and project work for LG Mobile. Prior to D&G, Miller was a part of the brand transformation team at JC Penney, where she served as head of strategic insights. Most of her nearly 20-year career was spent at Wieden+Kennedy and Leo Burnett. "I've always believed that an effective strategy is the blueprint to unlocking greatness," said Angelo. "Seema is the perfect example of someone who not only understands the importance of strategy but also has the unique ability to bring it to life across all facets of our clients' brands, as well as our own. She's passionate, relentless, and does it all with an infectious giggle."
Rhea + Kaiser hired Martyn Dean as senior vice president, executive creative director. A native of England, Dean began his career in London as an art director with Cogent Elliot and AMV BBDO before becoming a creative director at agencies such as EuroRSCG London and OgilvyOne Worldwide. He moved to Chicago in 2001 and held group creative director positions with OgilvyOne Worldwide, Razorfish and EuroRSCG. Most recently, Dean was a creative consultant with national and Chicago-based advertising and digital agencies. "Martyn is the right blend of team leadership and mentoring skills, new business contributions, multi-channel expertise and agency leadership," said Diane Martin, president and chief executive officer of R+K. "Martyn is an amazing storyteller. He skillfully connects brands with their customers using digital and traditional advertising formats."
WAX added editor Christopher Huth to its company roster.
Raashee Gupta Erry joined Neustar as head of media, overseeing the Brand Advertising & Strategy. Most recently, Erry was managing Media & Connections Planning for Volkswagen of America.
MKTG INC hired Peter Office as chief operating officer; Sherri Ferren as senior vice president, sales and marketing, west coast; Stephanie Rudnick as senior vice president,marketing communications; Tim Owens as vice president, production; and Kamau Akabueze as vice president/director of experience strategy & design.
Atrium PR hired Gabrielle Fratangelo as account executive.
Blinkx hired Sudhi Herle as chief product officer.
R2C Group tapped Jane Crisan as president.
Martin Rickman joined UPROXX Sports as a senior writer.
Midroll Media tapped Chris Bannon as chief content officer.
The Integer Group hired David Battrick as group director of the agency's Digitail department, and Balind Sieber as director of digital creative.
Maureen McCloskey joined Kinetic New York as managing director overseeing account services. Mike Gamaroff, who has led Kinetic Active, will take a new role as head of innovations.
Catherine Sharp joins MeringCarson as global brand manager. Sharp will be based out of the agency's San Diego office, where she will be managing the programs of work for Visit California’s international markets.
TalentFoot added Dan Jaworski as partner.
H2O + hired Joy Chen as president and chief executive officer.
AvatarLabs tapped Jason Steinberg as director of client services.
Visible Spectrum hired Rob Nelson as senior vice president, business development.
Saxton Horne Communications hired Emily Millard as digital director.
Animation and design studio Nathan Love tapped husband and wife duo Who Fu to join its directorial roster.
Christine Volden Pereira joined engage:BDR as vice president of video strategy.
Republica tapped Tony Arner as chief financial officer.
Nicholas Doucette joined Zeeto as vice president of technology.
TBWA\Chiat\Day LA hired Tanya LeSieur as chief production officer and Mark Sloan as director of design.
Entercom Sacramento, a radio and media solutions provider, named Stacey Kauffman as general sales manager.
GMR Marketing promoted two within its newly created Program Solutions Department. Tony Fowler is now senior vice president, program solutions, up from vice president. John Lersch was elevated from senior director to vice president, program solutions.
James Blue joined PBS NewsHour as senior content and special projects producer.
Living Proof hired Anne-Marie Kline as vice president of global marketing, a new role created since Grace Ray assumed the position of CEO. Kline joins the company from DigitasLBi, where she served as senior vice president and lead for DigitasLBi’s social content capability.
NextWorks named Charlie Barrett as senior vice president of business development.
Good Apple hired Hyun Lee-Miller as vice president of media.
Taptica has opened an office in New York City and hired Melissa Dickman as regional vice president of sales to manage east coast sales initiatives.
AnyClip Media named Assaf Benjamin as senior vice president of sales and business development.
TLC named Scott Lewers as senior vice president of Multi-Platform Strategy.
Rokkan hired Billy Veasey as creative director of art and Bill Carlson as creative director of copy.
Videa hired Mary Barnas and Archie Gianunzio as vice president of platform adoption and vice president of sales, respectively.
TV One promoted Robyn Greene Arrington to vice president of original programming and production.
Red Door Interactive hired Shannon Robinson as SEO strategist and Shanna Epstein as lead developer.
Framestore hired Anna MacDonald as senior producer, Alex Fitzgerald as senior VFX producer and Niamh O’Donohoe as design producer. In addition, Heather Kinal was promoted to deputy head of production.
BBDO New York promoted Danilo Boer from senior creative director to head of art and design, a new position. Boer will report to Greg Hahn, chief creative officer of BBDO New York New York and David Lubars, chief creative officer of BBDO Worldwide. He joined BBDO New York in 2009 as an art director. During this time, he created award-winning work for clients such as AT&T, Foot Locker, Guinness, Mountain Dew and Visa. Prior to BBDO New York, Boer worked at Almap BBDO in Brazil, on clients like Pepsi, Volkswagen, Havaianas, Getty Images and Billboard Magazine. "Anybody who has worked with Danilo knows that he is a creator with impeccable taste, unbridled enthusiasm and a gift for elevating the work," said Hahn. "He'll be doing what he's been doing since he started here -- we're just making it official."
Pereira & O'Dell promoted Jonathan Woytek to executive creative director to oversee west coast clients such as Skype, Intel, Coca-Cola Latin America, 1-800-Contacts and Ad Council. Woytek joined the agency in 2010 creating Skype's "Stay Together" campaign and the Lego/DC Super Hero Movie Maker app. "From day one, Jonathan has been creating amazing work at Pereira & O&'Dell. He infuses all the work he does with a deep sense of humanity which spans from beverages to technology. Not an easy task," said PJ Pereira, chief creative officer & co-founder of Pereira & O'Dell.
Deutsch LA hired Duncan Houldsworth as executive vice president, executive director of data strategy. He reports to Kyle Acquistapace, partner and director of media and data strategy at Deutsch LA. Houldsworth will lead Deutsch LA's data strategy and analytics team, working across all clients on the agency's roster, including Sprint, VW, and Taco Bell. Before joining Deutsch, Houldsworth was a market research and strategic insights consultant, working with Fortune 100 companies in financial services, media, and telecommunications. Prior to that, he spent three years at Time Warner Cable as vice president, marketing insights, where he led the company's cross-functional analytics and competitive intelligence team. He has also served as the global head of analytics at Hall & Partners USA, where he developed complex analytical solutions for Samsung Mobile, Microsoft Bing, and Xbox/Kinect. "Duncan is incredibly unique among analytics people," said Acquistapace. "His background spans from hard-core modeling and business intelligence to more general market research. He has an amazingly broad view of the business -- yet he can also get under the hood of advanced analytics."
Lea Ladera joined McCann Erickson New York as executive creative director. Most recently, she was a creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi. Ladera's portfolio, spanning financial, retail and fashion, beverage, CPG, automotive, pharma, technology and travel. She has worked on Coca-Cola, McDonald's, HP, Delta Airlines, P&G, Unilever and General Mills, among other brands. In addition to Saatchi & Saatchi, she has worked for Ogilvy, JWT and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. "We have admired Lea's work for some time, from her recent Tina Fey work for American Express to her earlier amazing campaign for Macy's. We are incredibly excited to bring that level of thinking to our clients," said Sean Bryan, co-chief creative officer of McCann Erickson New York.
Leo Burnett Group tapped Bob Raidt as global president of Arc, the brand activation agency within Leo Burnett. Raidt will oversee business strategy and operations in the U.S. and globally with a focus on building the capability, connectivity and performance of the agency's Arc network. Throughout Raidt's nearly 20-years at Leo Burnett, he has worked on clients like McDonald's, P&G and Coca-Cola, where he collaborated closely with Arc. Since 2013, he has served as worldwide account director for Leo Burnett's Samsung business. In 2014, Raidt led Leo Burnett to retain its global agency of record status in Samsung's global agency pitch. Raidt will be based in Chicago. "Bob is not only one of our agency's most senior global account leaders, but also one of our most skilled, proven champions for the creative product as a business driver," said Tom Bernardin, CEO, Leo Burnett Worldwide. "I anticipate great things as Bob applies his excellent skills as a true collaborator and brand builder to Arc."