• DiPiazza Joins Walton Isaacson As Executive Creative Creator
    Jim DiPiazza has joined Walton Isaacson as executive creative director. He will be based in Los Angeles and oversee the creative output of all agency offices (Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Dallas). He reports to the agency’s two co-founders Aaron Walton and Cory Isaacson. Over the course of his career, DiPiazza has worked at both small and large agencies on big and small brands ranging from Xbox, VW, Kia, Uber, Bacardi, MTV, LA Tourism and LifeLock. In addition to two stints at Deutsch, DiPiazza has worked with David & Goliath, Swirl, Lowe Campbell-Ewald, McCann and FCB. ...
  • Marketing Store Taps Rivera For NA CCO Role
    Customer engagement agency The Marketing Store, has hired Michael Rivera for the role of chief creative officer for the firm’s North America region.    Rivera will be responsible for leading creative across mobile experiences, branded gamification, and package design. He will work with Boxer, a branding design boutique housed inside The Marketing Store, as well as with the London and Hong Kong creative agency leadership teams. Rivera has previously served as executive creative director at The Integer Group/TBWA as well as at agencies including MARC USA, Agency.com and JWT. He’s worked with brands including Michelin, LG, MillerCoors, Nike and HP. The appointment ...
  • C-Suite Additions At Barton F. Graf
    Barton F. Graf has hired Savanah Brihn as chief strategy officer and promoted Sara Kastner to chief operating officer, a new role at the New York-based agency.  Brihn joins from McCann New York, where she was most recently senior vice president group planning director. Earlier she held senior strategy positions at MTV and agency Redscout. She also worked on brand strategy at BBDO across FedEx and Mars, and Fallon on Buffalo Wild Wings and Purina.  As CSO, Brihn will oversee the agency’s strategy department, working across all clients including Little Caesars, Diageo brands Bulleit and Kettle One, Supercell, Sour Patch ...
  • Wise Joins DNA As Chief strategy Officer
    Veteran industry strategist Christine Wise is joining independent marketing agency DNA in the new role of chief strategy officer, and will become part of the agency’s executive leadership team. Wise will oversee a strategy group including DNA’s brand, communications, and data strategy practices. The move follows the promotion of Chris Witherspoon to president and chief growth officer of the agency earlier this year. Wise joins DNA following a nearly 10-year stint with Wexley School for Girls. As a partner and member of the executive team at Wexley, Wise is credited with helping to shape ...
  • Mindshare Bolsters Its North America C-Suite
    Mindshare North America, part of WPP’s GroupM has announced two new c-level appointments to its leadership team, including Danielle Koffer who has been appointed chief client officer and Joe Maceda, who has been elevated to chief instigation officer, a new role at the agency. Koffer assumes a role that is being re-activated at the agency and is tasked with scrutinizing best practices and optimizing client service. Her new role marks Koffer’s return to the agency. She rejoins the shop from Colgate Palmolive where she was vice president, global media. Before that she spent a decade ...
  • Spotify Taps Agency Veteran To Lead Its Expanding Verticals Team
    Spotify has expanded its Verticals practice (part of its Global Agency and Accounts Team) globally and has hired Khartoon Weiss to lead the division. She will report to Alex Underwood, VP, Head of Strategy Partnership & Verticals at Spotify.  Previously, Weiss was chief marketing and client officer at Media Assembly, part of MDC Partners. Earlier she served at iHeartMedia, MediaCom North America, Grey Worldwide, Ogilvy & Mather and BBDO.  Khartoon joins the Global Agency and Accounts leadership team comprised of Underwood, Angela Solk (Global Head of Agencies), Sean Kegelman (Global Head of Audience Solutions), Kayee Cheung (Global Head of Trading) ...
  • Dentsu Aegis Adds Sabogal, Promotes Two In Latam Region
    Dentsu Aegis Network has elevated two executives to top leadership roles in its Latin America region while adding a third executive to its ranks—Mauricio Sabogal, the former CEO of Kinetic Worldwide. Following six years of leading the Latin America region as CEO, Claudia Colaferro has been elevated to the broader leadership role of President, Americas Multicultural. She will be focused on enhancing Dentsu Aegis Network’s multicultural marketing expertise for clients, as the Network continues to increase its focus on the importance of diversity across the Americas region today. Succeeding Colaferro in the Latam CEO role is Julio Castellanos, who will retain current responsibilities ...
  • Two C-Level Promotions At VML
    Jeff Geheb has been promoted to the newly created role of chief experience officer. With the move, Geheb broadens his remit, extending into design thinking, computer-human interaction, experience design and user experience. The agency said he would be “the visionary” behind VML’s entire global platforms and experiences practice.  The 15-year VML veteran was most recently chief technology officer. He’s credited with shaping many of VML’s client engagements and worked across clients such as Ford, Kimberly-Clark, Microsoft and Sprint.  He’ll continue to be based at the WPP agency’s headquarters in Kansas City and report to CEO Jon Cook. Geheb is succeeded in ...
  • Senior Hires At Jellyfish, Barefoot Proximity
    Baltimore-based agency Jellyfish has tapped Sean McDonald for the position of U.S. Head of Client Services. Leading the company’s client service team, McDonald will help to develop staff and create process to ensure the agency is delivering top quality customer service. He will be involved with key clients as well as overall management of the agency. Separately, Cincinnati-based Barefoot Proximity has appointed Margarita Fitzpatrick vice president client partnership and Liz Martin joins as senior vice president, global digital client services lead.  The both report to Barefoot Proximity CEO Chris Evans. Fitzpatrick will be responsible for the leadership of Barefoot Proximity’s ...
  • Billups Taps Chisholm As Regional Director
    Independent out-of-home agency Billups has appointed Ryan Chisholm regional director of its Denver office. With 15 years in the industry, five of which were with Billups at one time as Director of Media, Chisholm is tasked with overseeing the agency’s office in Denver and developing business in the broader region which includes Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and Kansas. Chisholm’s appointment follows by a couple of months the addition of David Krupp, former North America CEO at Kinetic, as Chief Revenue Officer.
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