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."
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."
Heavenspot 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.)
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.
Essentially 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.
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."
Baldwin& 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."
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."
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."
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.