• Arnold Taps Vilakazi To Head Integrated Production
    Havas agency Arnold has appointed Zamile Vilakazi as its new executive vice president, head of integrated production. A Boston native, Vilakazi will be based in the agency’s headquarters in Boston, working alongside chief creative officer, Icaro Doria, to help drive the agency’s creative output and to foster collaboration within the production and creative teams.  Vilakazi’s appointment follows the recent additions of Guy Lambert, CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER, and Lucia Ferrante, chief financial officer, last month, as well as two new executive creative directors--Max Geraldo and Fred Saldanha--who joined the agency earlier this year.  For the past ...
  • Agencies Staff Up With Creative Talent
    Several agencies are bolstering their creative ranks with new faces. Creative veteran Vanessa Fortier is joining Mono as the Minneapolis-based agency's first-ever executive creative director, starting October 22.  Her addition is designed to enable the agency's leadership team to help position the agency to better meet today's evolving landscape. For the past 15 years, Mono's creative department has been run by two of its three founders, Michael Hart and Chris Lange, who operated as managing creative director.  Although both will still be heavily involved in creative –– now splitting the role of chief creative officer –– they will lead from ...
  • R/GA Appoints Campbell To Strategy Role
    R/GA has appointed Rob Campbell to the role of executive strategy director for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He will work from the shop’s London office where he’ll be leading the growth and expansion of R/GA’s strategy practice.  Campbell joins from Deutsch in Los Angeles where he most recently served as chief strategy officer. Earlier he led Wieden + Kennedy’s planning department working with clients such as Nike, Spotify, Corona, Chrysler, P&G, Mondelez, and Delta.  In his new role, Campbell will help the EMEA strategy department infuse creativity, culture, and technology into the work for R/GA’s growing roster ...
  • Laughlin Constable Names Creative Veteran Bennett CCO
    Chicago-based independent ad agency Laughlin Constable has hired Lisa Bennett as its chief creative officer. Bennett arrives at LC from TM Advertising in Dallas where she has spent the past three years as chief creative officer.  Prior to joining TM, she was North American creative lead for DDB Worldwide and chief creative officer of DDB San Francisco.  Bennett joins LC during an growth spurt for the agency. In the last two years it has been awarded AOR responsibilities for nine clients including Yuengling, Milwaukee Bucks, Fleet Farm, World Finance and ASPCA.  “The last few years have been exciting for LC ...
  • Forsman & Bodenfors Adds NY-based Creative Duo
    Forsman & Bodenfors (F&B) is hiring creative duo Jordan Chouteau and Cerra Buckholz to serve as group creative directors at the company’s New York headquarters.  The team will lead creative efforts for top clients such as Diageo, Dean Foods, Boar’s Head, and World of Hyatt reporting directly to Mike Densmore, president, F&B New York. Chouteau, formerly with Mother and 180LA  and worked with brands including Google, Kraft, Virgin Mobile, Adidas and Sony.. Buckholz,  who previously served at CP+B and AKQA, has  worked on brands including Google, K-Y, Oreo, Facebook, Xbox and Kraft.  F&B was acquired by MDC Partners in 2016 ...
  • Diaz Joins Critical Mass As VP/Strategy Director
    Critical Mass, part of Omnicom’s DAS division, has appointed Charlotte Diaz, vice president, strategy director. She is tasked with leading strategy for the agency’s New York clients and reports to global chief strategy officer, Grant Owens.  Previously Diaz served as strategy lead at co:collective, director of business transformation at RGA, Engagement, manager at Vivaldi Partners Group, and senior consultant at Bridge Strategy Group.  According to an agency rep Diaz is the fifth major hire in the U.S. since June. Other recent hires include two executive creative directors, a vice president of talent acquisition, and an account lead for BMW.  
  • Hodgkin Upped To Head Of Strategy At Deutsch LA
    Interpublic’s Deutsch has elevated Kelsey Hodgkin to Head of Strategy. Based in Los Angeles, she will lead strategic planning for all clients serviced out of the agency’s office there.  Hodgkin joined Deutsch in 2014 as executive vice president/group strategy director, leading strategy work for marquee clients across the agency’s LA  roster including Target, Tarana Burke’s #MeToo movement and Tile’s first advertising campaign which won two Bronze Lions at Cannes.  Hodgkin, a native of the UK, brings more than 15 years of strategy experience to her new role. She has worked in three different countries and ...
  • Publicis Groupe Rounds Out UK Leadership Team
    Publicis Groupe has announced its new UK leadership team, which will be headed by CEO Annette King, who joined the company about a year ago from Ogilvy. Jo Coombs, also from Ogilvy, where she was CEO of OgilvyOne, has signed on as chief operating officer. Anna Campbell, previously with OMD, has joined as chief growth officer. Paula Cunnington, previously chief people officer at Dentsu Aegis Network is joining as head of talent. The new leadership team members join CFO James Barnes-Austin, who started in June. All report directly to King.
  • Myllyrinne Rejoins TBWA\Worldwide As Performance Marketing Head
    Juuso Myllyrinne is rejoining TBWA\Worldwide as global head of performance marketing. Myllyrinne will lead TBWA's burgeoning performance offering, bringing a data-informed approach to creative, with the goal of increasing the impact of the agency’s output.  Previously global vice president, digital and head of strategy for TBWA's Digital Arts Network (DAN) in New York, Myllyrinne is returning after two-and-a-half years at Wargaming, a global game development company best known for its game World of Tanks. At Wargaming, he served as global head of marketing and PR.  "We’re always happy to welcome back our stars,” stated Troy Ruhanen, President and CEO of TBWA\Worldwide. “Juuso is ...
  • Accenture's Sooho Choi Departs For Publicis.Sapient
    Publicis.Sapient is appointing Sooho Choi as senior vice president, travel and hospitality lead to oversee the digital hub's travel and hospitality accounts globally. In this newly created role, he will help clients leverage the Groupe's technology, creativity, and data capabilities. Based in Chicago, he reports to Alan Wexler, CEO at Publicis.Sapient. Choi previously served as managing director/senior client executive at Accenture where he was responsible for a portfolio of hospitality, airline, and industrial clients. The 20-year veteran also has experience supporting both corporate and consulting environments, with expertise leading business transformation, process improvement, business growth, and development efforts.
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