While Lee Clow is off getting a tattoo to celebrate the 10th anniversary of TBWA\Media Arts Lab working with Apple, TBWA\Chiat\Day has promoted its Gatorade creative team. The agency's LA office has announced two creative promotions on the Gatorade account, a brand that has been with the agency since 2008.
Renato Fernandez, who was promoted to worldwide creative director last year, has been named executive creative director on the business, and associate creative director Doug Menezes has been promoted to the role of creative director.
Fernandez will partner with fellow ECDs Linda Knight and Matt Heath to help oversee TBWA\Chiat\Day LA's creative department under the newly hired CCO Brent Anderson.
Of the promotions, Anderson said: "Renato Fernandez is an almost unparalleled benchmark of leadership and drive. For the last 5 years, I've toiled alongside Renato as he relentlessly guides, protects and mentors work that truly matters, and work that defines the soul of our brands."
He added: "Doug Menezes has emerged over the past two years as leader of both concept and craft. His unique upbringing within the industry and recent work on Gatorade makes him a natural choice to help lead Gatorade and continue to involve the brand deeply in culture."
Fernandez has been with TBWA\Chiat\Day LA since 2011 when he relocated with his family from Brazil. As ACD he played a role in the pitch-winning team that won the adidas World Cup campaign assignment for the agency. In 2014, Fernandez assumed creative leadership of the agency's Gatorade U.S. business and, in 2015, took over all global projects as worldwide creative director. He is credited with award-winning work that includes Gatorade's farewell films for retiring athletes Derek Jeter, Abby Wombach and Peyton Manning, and the brand's latest global push -- "Don't Go Down" -- featuring footballer Lionel Messi.
Fernandez began his advertising career in 1994 in his hometown of Curitiba, Brazil and later joined Almap/BBDO, where he worked on top-tier brands including Volkswagen, Gatorade and Havaianas. Throughout his career, his work has been recognized at several international creative festivals and award shows, including Cannes Lions, D&AD, Clios, Clio Sports, and the One Show.
Menezes came to TBWA\Chiat\Day in 2013 as a digital design director, transitioning to an ACD shortly thereafter to work on both Gatorade and Nixon accounts. His credits include work for Gatorade's 50th anniversary campaign, as well as its latest Olympic-themed filmed, "Never Lose the Love." Prior to TBWA, he worked as associate design director with Crispin Porter & Bogusky in Miami and also spent time working in digital design for Xishe and Wunderman in Dubai. Like Fernandez, Menezes is a native of Brazil, and began his career as an art director working in several shops across Brasilia. He is a graduate of the Miami Ad School and Universidad de Brasilia.
The creative promotions are in addition to the promotion of long-time agency strategist Scott MacMaster, who was named Executive strategy director on the Gatorade business earlier this month.