TBWA\London today announced the appointment of Saatchi ECD Andy Jex and MullenLowe planning chief Anna Vogt as its new CCO and CSO respectively, effective in October.
The duo is tasked with “re-energizing the creative agency in London.”
Troy Ruhanen, President and CEO of TBWA Worldwide said: "I’m thrilled to welcome Andy and Anna to the family. They are both super-smart, modern leaders who believe passionately in the power of Disruption. London must be one of the jewels in our crown and we believe Andy and Anna can get the best out of our people and bring that swagger back.”
Jex has been with Saatchi & Saatchi since 2009 and was promoted to ECD in 2014. He leaves the agency as the second most awarded in the UK at Cannes this year. He is credited with a wide range of work across brands such as Direct Line, HSBC, Toyota and HomeAway while also leading the agency's creative department with long-time partner Rob Potts.
Vogt was promoted to Group Head of Strategy for MullenLowe in January, having been Head of Planning since joining in 2015. While there, she pioneered the practice of pairing planners in teams and led the agency to the title of Most Effective Agency at the Effies UK for the last two years. Vogt began her career as a WPP Fellow before joining Grey London to work on brands such as Fairy Liquid and Lucozade. She also spent time at BBH where she was Planning Director on the British Airways, Clarks and Boden accounts.
Omnicom Group has appointed Gracia Martore, the former President and CEO of TEGNA (FKA Gannett) to its board of directors as an independent member, effective immediately. The appointment of Martore (who retired in May) expands Omnicom’s Board to 13 Directors, 11 of whom are considered independent. The inside board members are Chairman Bruce Crawford, and CEO John Wren.
Martore held various leadership roles over her 30-year career at both TEGNA and Gannett, including CFO before being named CEO. Prior to joining Gannett, she worked for 12 years in the banking industry.
Martore serves on the Boards of Directors of The Associated Press, FM Global, United Rentals and WestRock Company, as well as on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater Wellesley College.
"We conducted an exhaustive search for someone who would further strengthen our board's breadth of talent and background, and we are delighted to have identified such an outstanding leader," said Bruce Crawford, Chairman of the Omnicom Board of Directors. "Gracia's expertise in business transformation, as well as running a leading media company, will be of great benefit to Omnicom."
JustPremium is appointing Eric Sams as creative director to support the ad tech platform's international expansion. In this newly created role, Sams' two priorities will be overseeing in-house creative work and managing the development of the JustPremium brand. He will be based in JustPremium's Amsterdam headquarters.
Sams has more than 18 years of creative experience working for global brands and as art director of Shutterstock, where he led the design and copy development for all marketing communications. Prior to Shutterstock, he worked on marketing initiatives for Esprit, Estée Lauder, Vibe and Essence.
Mod Op is adding to its leadership team with Audra Pace joining as creative director/brand strategist in New York City and Andy Hann joining its Los Angeles office as a Creative Director.
Their arrival follows the recent merger between Modus Operandi and Eyeball to form the full-service creative digital agency Mod Op.
Hann was previously an executive creative director at WME/IMG. There, in addition to spearheading activations for Sundance Film Festival and New York Fashion Week, he was also integral to securing the Visa account.
Most recently, Pace was a creative director for Gluttony and has spent time at A+E Networks and Havas Worldwide. She has worked with clients including Viceland, SPG, Marriott, A&E, The History Channel, Cessna, Seiko, LVMH, and Google.
In addition, David Edelstein is promoted to partner. He will continue to oversee the agency from the New York office.
Julie Berger is departing IPG's Initiative Media to join Media Storm as executive director, audience networks. In this newly created role, she will focus on clients’ campaign integrations across the digital and addressable media ecosystem as well as oversee the management of the agency’s digital efforts which include Media Storm’s influencer marketing, biddable media, and programmatic capabilities, particularly as they expand into other channels. She will be based at the agency's Los Angeles office, reporting to Steve Piluso, Media Storm’s executive director, head of media & integration.
Translation has appointed Eric Steele Group Creative Director. He will report to Chief Creative Officer John Norman.
Previously Steele served as Group Creative Director at 72andSunny New York, where he helped build the office from a startup operation. While there he led creative efforts on Smirnoff, Samsung, ESPN and Comcast Xfinity.
Earlier Steele spent nearly a decade at Wieden+ Kennedy as a Creative Director and Writer in the New York office, partnering with brands like ESPN, Nike, Jordan, Heineken and Delta.
Publicis Groupe has appointed Alex Lea as executive creative director at DeptW, the company unit dedicated to the Groupe's Walmart account.
Lea will be based at Saatchi New York’s offices and report to Saatchi NY Chief Creative Officer, Javier Campopiano and Publicis New York Chief Creative Officer, Andy Bird.
This position reunites the industry veteran with Publicis Groupe after working with a host of agencies including Droga5 and CPB. Most recently he was group creative director at Grey New York, and prior to that, ECD at Erwin Penland and Co. Earlier in his career, he worked at Saatchi & Saatchi and Publicis NY.
Last July the Groupe formed DeptW to oversee Walmart’s U.S. advertising and in-store creative.
San Diego advertising and marketing agency I.D.E.A. has appointed Danielle Nuzzo as director of PR and social media. The position is new and combines PR, social media and influencer marketing responsibilities. Nuzzo brings over a decade of experience in brand communications and digital storytelling to the role, including a stint at New York digital agency 360i.
In what’s being billed as a growth management move, marketing services outfit The Ad2Pro Group named Vikram Menon President of Global Operations. Menon comes to Ad2pro from OgilvyOne Worldwide and Neo@Ogilvy, where he was President and India Country Lead for the last four-and-a-half years.
Menon is the most recent Ogilvy alum to join the firm which earlier this year formed a new agency called Madras and recruited two long-time Ogilvy senior creative executives--Bill Davaris and Andrew Ladden—to help run it.
The Group also announced that Co-Founders Gopal Krishnan and Todd Brownrout are assuming the roles of Executive Chairman and CEO, respectively. As Executive Chairman, Krishnan will continue driving technology innovation and corporate strategy and development while as CEO Brownrout will lead overall Ad2pro Group management and operations.
One of Menon’s chief responsibilities will be to work with Madras CEO Fred Schuster to sharpen the delivery of real-time advertising and content. While Madras creates strategy, advertising and content out of New York and London, the agency relies on sibling ad tech platform JDX for creative automation and the Group’s India-based creative operations for campaign fulfilment.
Independent media agency Crossmedia announced today that it has named Karim Sanjabi, Executive Director, Cognitive Solutions, a new position. Sanjabi’s remit at Crossmedia is to bring data-driven creative and artificial intelligence practices to the agency.
Sanjabi will launch Crossmedia’s Cognitive Solutions Practice, which will develop machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and applications for clients. The new unit will also develop other of-the-moment technologies such as data-driven creative, 360/interactive video, VR, and AR creative content.
“Karim is an amazing talent who will help lead Crossmedia into the future,” stated Kamran Asghar, CEO Crossmedia. “We share the same vision: that technology can remove the ego from the creative and planning process, using the best available tech so that our people are free to think. We are going to surprise and delight our clients with our cognitive offering."
Added Sanjabi: "Exactly 20 years ago I wrote a thesis on artificial intelligence. Now we have the compute power to create incredibly engaging, learning, and self-optimizing content based on this foundation.”
Sanjabi is an entrepreneur, digital marketing executive and a mobile innovator who has managed campaigns for Fortune 500 clients for over 20 years, including such brands as Electronic Arts, Google, Microsoft, Sony, Radioshack, Pfizer and Nike.
Before joining Crossmedia, Sanjabi was the CEO of Robot Stampede, a Tier 1 Google vendor and Facebook, iOS, and Android developer, where he produced cross-screen display campaigns that generated billions of impressions. He also founded mobile agency Freestyle Interactive, and established the first mobile practice at Carat Interactive, which acquired Freestyle. He has self-published apps and games as well as designed and developed marketing apps and games for L'Oréal, P&G and ING.
Robert S. Scalea, former NA Chief Strategy Officer at WPP’s J. Walter Thompson and CEO of sibling branding agency The Brand Union/Americas has joined Collegium Holdings where he will lead firm’s business innovation and integration efforts, and join the Collegium Board of Directors. Before his 12-year stint at WPP, Scalea spent seven years as EVP/Director of Marketing Sciences at Interpublic Group’s Hill Holliday in Boston. Massachusetts.
NewCo—the temporary name GroupM has given to the combined MEC/Maxus agency—has appointed Christina Vacharanetr to the role of Managing Director Thailand, effective with the rollout the new agency next January.
Vacharanetr led Maxus in the region between 2011 and 2014 and became Managing Director for MEC in 2015. The 20-plus year agency veteran has worked on numerous blue chip accounts during her career including Colgate, L’Oréal, Mercedes Benz, Danone, Unilever and Ford to name a few.
WPP mobile marketing firm Bottle Rocket has announced the addition of a new Chief Mobile Architect, Jonathan Campos, who joins the company with more than 10 years’ experience working with enterprise applications in the Dallas technology space. This addition supports the company’s renewed strategic focus and strengthens its position in application development for mobile and new digital experiences. The company said that Campos would be instrumental in its efforts to modernize and expand the technology capabilities of the company.
CC Clark has been appointed Director of European Communications and PR at Interpublic Group’s FCB. In this new role, Clark is tasked with promoting FCB and FCB Inferno in the UK and Europe, as well as coordinating local efforts with the FCB Global Corporate Communications and PR team.
Clark joins the company from the creative tech agency +rehabstudio, where she managed all marketing and publicity across the company’s AI messaging and voice skill responses, including work for Google, Pernod Ricard and HBO.
Clark began her career in entertainment, building award-winning campaigns for Led Zeppelin and Biffy Clyro at Way To Blue before setting up the digital communications division of Think Jam in 2006. In the latter role, she directed a team of 22, as well as creating digital and social campaigns for films, including The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, as well as global content strategy for The Weinstein Company.
FCB Shanghai is reshuffling its leadership team ahead of the departure of current China CEO, Ed Bell, as he takes on a client-side job next month.
Josephine Pan, currently managing director of FCB Shanghai, is promoted to CEO of FCB Shanghai, making her one of the few female agency CEOs in the region. She first joined the agency as business director for Beiersdorf Greater China in 2013. In September 2014, she was promoted to general manager of FCB Shanghai and in October 2016, she was named the agency’s managing director, overseeing the office’s local and global business, including key clients NIVEA and Levi’s.
“Since joining FCB in 2013, Josephine has proven herself as a strong and trusted leader whom clients, both local and global, have come to rely on. Her strong performance – combined with her experience working closely with Ed and our Greater China leadership over the last few years – made her the perfect candidate for this job,” said FCB Worldwide CEO Carter Murray.
Concurrently, Dennis Lam, FCB’s current managing director of South China, will add the role of FCB chief growth officer for Greater China to his duties. Based in Hong Kong, Lam's new position is focused on growing the network’s client base across the region. Prior to joining FCB, Lam spent 11 years at JWT Hong Kong, where he rose to general manager and played a lead role in developing strategy for brands such as HSBC and Nikon.
BBH NY has named Anthony Romano CEO. He joins from R/GA. Also BBH NY has promoted Gerard Caputo to chief creative officer and Sarah Watson will add chairperson responsibilities in addition to her duties as BBH's global chief strategy officer.
As CEO, Romano will be tasked with running the NY office as well as working with global CEO Neil Munn to help advance the agency’s innovation agenda. He replaces Pat Lafferty who left to become president of Translation. Reporting to Munn, he will officially start next month.
During his three-year tenure at R/GA, Romano served as SVP, head of client services U.S., reporting directly to founder/chairman, Bob Greenberg, and overseeing client teams across R/GA’s six U.S. offices. He also worked as group managing director of R/GA NY overseeing integrated groups responsible agency clients Samsung, Verizon and Pepsi.
“Our new BBH NY executive team is well positioned to continue our strong momentum,” said Munn. “Anthony’s combination of experience from the agency, media and client sides of the business gives him a unique 360-degree perspective. His progressive leadership style combined with his versatile marketing experience and his deep appreciation for the work make him the ideal candidate to lead the BBH NY team and expand our business in North America.”
Mike Parker has been named CEO of Hearst’s iCrossing. He succeeds Nick Brien, who is leaving for Dentsu Aegis as CEO Americas and US.
Parker joined iCrossing as head of its West Coast operations in 2015.
Parker was also responsible for the agency’s global mobile marketing practice and digital media partnerships. He was appointed president, U.S., in 2016, managing the strategic, creative and commercial success of the agency’s offices across the country.
Philip Brett, president, TBWA\Asia, has been promoted to chief operating officer, TBWA\Worldwide. Brett will remain in Singapore until autumn during a transition period before relocating to London.
In his new role, Brett is tasked with driving the company's performance and innovation agenda.
Brett will be succeeded by Ian Pearman, CEO of AMVBBDO, effective August 1. Pearman will have responsibility for all countries in Asia and is charged with further advancing the agency's collective position across the region. Australia and New Zealand continue to be led by Paul Bradbury, CEO, TBWA\Oceania.
Movie marketing agency JustWatch, has named Aaron Wahle SVP Marketing & Business Development. In addition to marketing and biz dev responsibilities, Wahle will oversee the shop's Los Angeles office.
Previously, Wahle was SVP International Digital Marketing at Sony Pictures.
JustWatch operates an international movie and TV show platform in 31 markets.Through justwatch.com as well as iOS and Android apps, JustWatch collects anonymous user data about the movie tastes and purchase behavior of over 75 million movie fans. The data is used through JustWatch's advertising technology (Data Management Platform and Demand Side Platform) to run targeted campaigns for movie studios, media agencies, and VOD providers, primarily on YouTube and Facebook.
Portland creative agency North Inc. has named music and tech veteran Dave Allen, Director of Artist and Music Industry Advocacy.
In his new role at North, Allen will pioneer a forthcoming music venture and collaborate with artists and their managers to help them seek new revenue streams in the constantly shifting music business.
Allen comes to North after a long career in music, beginning as bassist for the post-punk band Gang of Four. Later he worked in the digital music sector at corporations including eMusic.com, Intel and Apple Music where he spearheaded partnerships with artists and their managers as a member of the Artist Relations team.
This is Allen’s second stint with North; he was previously a Digital Strategy Director in 2010.
The agency does a lot work related to music and brands. “It made perfect sense to collaborate with Dave on our vision of bringing bands and brands together in a new context," stated North CCO Mark Ray. "Our ambition is to develop, with integrity and soul, new revenue models between artists and brands. Dave, like North, has music in his DNA.”
Former Isobar U.S. President Jim Butler has been named President of the Consulting & Solutions Division of Intersection, a company that provides urban tech and consumer services like the LinkNYC Wi-Fi Network in New York.
Butler will lead the Intersection team working with cities, airports, major real-estate developments, and retail destinations to deliver smart technologies and an array of consumer services and “experiences.”
Intersection Consulting & Solutions clients include Hudson Yards, the big real estate development project going up on New York’s West Side, Port Covington, a 250-acre mixed-use community being developed by Sagamore Development in Baltimore and Caruso, developer of retail environments such as The Grove in Southern California.
Prior to Isobar, Butler was Senior Vice President of Roundarch which was acquired by Aegis Media in 2012. Earlier, Butler led the financial services practice at Razorfish.
“Every organization—even established category leaders—must evolve to meet the growing expectations of consumers, and Intersection is a pioneer when it comes to helping companies reinvent themselves for the 21st century,” stated Butler. “I couldn’t be more pleased to join this incredible team and to bring my breadth of experience to help drive the next generation of strategies and technologies that connect the digital and physical worlds.”
Alex Morrison has been appointed President of Grey West, a new position at the New York-based agency. Morrison will oversee the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices and report to Grey Global President Michael Houston.
This is a homecoming for Morrison who served as Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing of Grey New York from 2012 to 2014, where he helped create its content studio. Most recently, he worked at R/GA as Vice President, Global Managing Director overseeing its content studio.
Michael Houston stated, "Our success on the West Coast has given us the critical mass to create this new regional structure. Alex is a natural to lead Grey West. His accomplished background in digital, content and one-to-one marketing is a perfect fit for our global Symantec Norton account and all of our clients."
Other Grey West clients include, Robert Bosch, Sagicor, and Altair Engineering.
Engine announced today it was merging its agency Deep Focus with sibling Moment Studio. The combined entity will retain the Deep Focus name. Ken Kraemer, previously CEO of Moment will take the reins of the expanded Deep Focus as CEO. Ian Schafer, outgoing Deep Focus CEO has been appointed to the new role of Chief Experience Officer Engine U.S.
Before leading Moment Kraemer previously served as head of creative at Deep Focus for six years. And under Kraemer’s leadership Moment Studio has doubled its revenue year to year. The two businesses have worked closely over the last 18 months and have won five new clients in the past six months, including SlimFast and U.S Bank.
“We believe that the new combined business model is the model that clients need now, and we are confident Ken’s distinctive combination of strategic and creative leadership can execute on that vision,” said Rick Eiserman, North American CEO, Engine. “Additionally, from the Engine perspective, we know that Ian, who has spent 15 years building a powerhouse digital brand, will now be able to bring immense value to our portfolio of companies and their clients in his new role.”
The company also indicated that several other executives will take on added responsibilities under the new setup. Christina Cooksey, currently Executive Director of Content at Moment Studio, will take over as SVP of Creative Product. Kristen King, formerly Group Account Director across many of Deep Focus’ key businesses, will become SVP of Client Strategy. Michael Asaro, formerly Executive Group Director of Production, will become SVP of Operations.
WPP shopper marketing specialist POSSIBLE has appointed Anurag Gupta Chief Growth Officer.
Based out of Singapore, Gupta will be working closely with Global and Asia Pacific teams to
drive POSSIBLE’s offering in the region and to key global clients.
Gupta has held senior roles at WPP, DDB Mudra Max, Geometry India (Ogilvy Action), Scan Group East Africa, working with top CPG and FMCG clients. Most recently, at WPP he worked with client P&G, coordinating efforts throughout the holding on behalf of the client, a process WPP calls horizontality.
He has more than two decades of experience in building teams and creating and executing integrated communication programs involving teams across agencies, brand leaders, and geographies.
Argonaut, part of Project Worldwide, has tapped Angelique Moreno to oversee talent recruitment. She’ll report to CEO Robert Riccardi. Previously Moreno spent five years at Grey New York. According to the agency Moreno’s hire was sparked by the agency’s growth this past year. Agency executive Maura Heilbron was previously head of talent and culture but will now serve as head of culture, focusing on all aspects of life at the agency. Prior to Grey, Moreno, a Palm Springs, California native, spent more than a decade in the industry recruiting creative talent for agencies including TBWA/Chiat/Day, Wieden+Kennedy, FCB, Havas, and Saatchi & Saatchi.
Brilliant Noise is strengthening its leadership team with two newly created roles. Allison Wightman joins as client partner to work with adidas and Universal Pictures. Will Lockie is appointed
client partner to oversee Tetra Pak and Heathrow Airport. These two senior-level hires follow a series of high-profile client wins for the marketing and communications agency including The Economist
and Tetra Pak.
Most recently Wightman served as co-founder of tech start-up ConnectID and previously worked as head of eBusiness at Virgin Atlantic Airways. Lockie was previously head of multichannel at Evans Cycles working with clients including Porsche, Halifax and Toyota.
Kathy DiToro, a noted producer with more than 25 years of experience, is joining Martin Williams Advertising as VP, director of content production.
In this newly created role, she will lead the agency’s content studio offering, developing digital and video content to complement the output of the agency's existing broadcast and digital teams.
DiToro’s appointment is a strategic expansion of the company’s existing offerings, meeting a market need for quick-turnaround, highly creative content production, the agency stated.
Most recently, she developed and directed Craft Minneapolis, a studio for creative content production. She began her production career at Ogilvy New York before stints at Campbell Mithun and McCann Minneapolis.
Wieden+Kennedy is promoting Susan Hoffman to co-chief creative officer, alongside Colleen DeCourcy making the independent creative agency one of the few shops with two female leaders. As a senior creative, Hoffman will help to run the company as part of the agency’s global management team with DeCourcy and chief operating officer Neil Christie.
The longtime creative leader and agency stakeholder joined WK 32 years ago as "employee number eight." She has helped to open W+K global offices and served as executive creative director in Portland, Amsterdam, London, New York and Delhi.
Agency clients include Nike, Old Spice, Levi’s, Chrysler, Target, and Proctor & Gamble.
Hoffman's elevation follows DeCourcy promotion to chief creative officer last October. At the time, Hoffman moved from global executive creative director to replace DeCourcy as executive creative director of the agency's Portland office. Now, these two creatives will split their time between the agency's Portland and New York offices.
“It's not the easiest time to be a creative leader in this industry, but it's the right time to lead by example and keep holding up the flag for creativity. Colleen and Susan exemplify that type of leadership" stated WK's global president Dave Luhr.
FCB is appointing Gabrielle Simpson as director of communications and PR to help guide the IPG-owned agency's media relations. Based in NYC, she reports to global chief communications officer Brandon Cooke.
She most recently served as director of communications for NBCUniversal, where she was responsible for overseeing the development of internal and external communications plans in support of the corporation’s numerous diversity initiatives.
This is a new role for the agency and her arrival coincides with FCB's push to find new and innovative ways to share the agency’s overarching “Never Finished” message.
“We were looking for a person with a unique mix of experience to partner with our network of communications professionals around the world to further promote FCB’s story in dynamic and unexpected ways,” said Cooke. “Gabrielle brings a holistic broadcast and new-media background and a compelling history of mentorship that make her a valuable asset to the agency."
McCann has appointed Pierre Lipton as a Global Executive Creative Director, McCann New York. Lipton joins McCann from 360i where he served as Chief Creative Officer.
Lipton has more than a decade of experience developing award-winning campaigns, securing new business wins and helping shape agency offerings.
In his most recent role at 360i, Lipton played a key role in connecting the tech and creative departments, helping to spearhead the agency's Innovation Group and establishing its XD capabilities.
Before that, he was CCO and Founding Partner of M&C Saatchi New York, which he joined as employee #2, helping to design the shop from the ground up. He has also held positions at BBDO, Fallon and TBWA, where he helped launch the "In an Absolut World" campaign for Absolut Vodka.
Lipton will work closely with North American Chief Creative Officer Eric Silver and McCann NY Co-Chief Creative Officers Sean Bryan and Tom Murphy.
Guy Griggs is appointed head of revenue for the social influencer marketing agency HelloSociety and the experiential design agency Fake Love, both acquired by The New York Times Company in 2016. He will report into Kevin Sayles, general manager of the NY Times' T Brand Studio, and split his time between The Times’s headquarters in New York, Fake Love in Brooklyn and HelloSociety in Los Angeles. Griggs joins the The Times from The Washington Post where he led their New York sales team for the past two years.
Dan Murphy is departing Google to join Deutsch as SVP director of digital operations and production in its New York office. He will oversee production of digital projects across all clients including Busch, J&J’s ACUVUE, and PNC Bank as well as manage talent on all digital production efforts.
Additionally, he will assist in new business efforts and grow digital production capabilities.
“Landing talent like Dan will be a game changer for the New York office," says Winston Binch, chief digital officer, Deutsch North America.
The ex-Google Creative Lab executive producer worked on Android’s “Be Together. Not the Same” campaign launch and the Androidify app, as well as the award-winning Google Trend’s FrightGeist. He co-founded VendorDB, a comprehensive resource database to pair creative companies with appropriate partners.
Earlier in his career, he spent time at BBDO as group executive interactive producer to manage AT&T’s digital work. He also worked at Eleven as director of interactive production working for clients like Apple, Visa, and Virgin America.
Previously Deutsch had both a director of digital production as well as a director of operations, but the posts have been open for more than nine months. Murphy’s position combines those roles.
In the latest iteration of Mindshare’s adaptive marketing practice (aka real-time marketing) the WPP media agency has appointed Norm Johnston CEO of FAST (Future Adaptive Specialist Team). Johnston also retains his previous role as Global Chief Digital Officer of the agency.
Adam Ray, formerly global head of programmatic at Mindshare Worldwide, is promoted to chief innovation officer for FAST.
Tom Johnson, currently performance marketing director at Mindshare Worldwide, adds the role of chief client officer for FAST. These executives will be based in London.
Meanwhile, Gowthaman Ragothaman, currently Mindshare APAC chief operating officer, is appointed global chief strategy officer for FAST based in Singapore.
Angela Solk has joined Spotify As Global Head of Agencies, a post in which she will develop and manage relationships with the major ad holding companies (WPP, Omnicom etc.). Solk has some big-time agency credentials on her resume, having served with GroupM and its media agency MediaCom as well as Publicis Groupe’s MediaVest at various times during her career. She’s also credited with having helped launch big brands at Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Mars, and other companies.
Separately, Spotify has tapped Craig Weingarten for the post of Head of Industry, Automotive. He joins from WPP’s GTB (formerly Team Detroit), the agency that services the holding company’s Ford account.
Both new hires will report to Alex Underwood, Spotify’s VP Global Head of Agency and Top Accounts.
Mono has named Blake Bäkken as a new creative in its San Francisco office. He will help guide mono's design vision across multiple accounts, including Google and Stanford Health Care and report to Paula Maki, managing creative director, mono San Francisco.
Bäkken joins the agency after spending more than a decade at San Francisco-based Venables Bell. He then moved to New York City where he spent time at design firms Turner Duckworth and Siegel + Gale.
Throughout his career, he’s worked on brands such as Google, HBO, Target, Vitamin Water, Reebok, and Audi.
"His passion for craft and experience both at agencies and design shops will be incredibly helpful as we continue to grow our team," Maki said of the new hire. "He brings intensity to visual storytelling that’s a perfect complement to mono’s strategic, design-driven ethos.”
Mono opened its San Francisco office in summer 2015, in response to the agency’s growing West Coast-based client roster. Mono has staffed this location with many transplants, including Maki and managing director Jane Delworth who both moved from the agency's Minneapolis headquarters.
The agency also recently hired ex-KBS and Hal Riney veteran David Watts Miller. It recently won the creative AOR for Stanford Health Care and is set to launch a campaign for the new client later this year.
Most recently, Tang was chief marketing officer for FCB New York. She was promoted to CMO following her role in FCB's win of Clorox's global account. Prior to FCB, she served as director and then vice president of business development at Wunderman, where she partnered with Shulman and was an integral member of the team that won the global Levi's and Best Buy businesses.
"I am so pleased to be able to work alongside Michelle for a second time in our careers, and know she will be a perfect fit to drive growth at Organic," said Shulman. "We are doing transformative work with a strong client roster and our focus on architecting brand and customer interaction is building momentum for the future of our business. Michelle is passionate, tireless and a superb addition to our executive team."
With Garbutt's promotion, John Hunt becomes creative chairman of TBWA Worldwide, based in South Africa.
Garbutt returned to TBWA in 2015 from Ogilvy & Mather East in New York, where he served as chief creative officer. Before that, he was chief creative officer of the network's Paris office. A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Garbutt began his career in Johannesburg as a creative director at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, where he spent four years working under Hunt.
"I am incredibly happy for both John and Chris. Not only are they deserving of this recognition for the work they continue to deliver time and again, but also for the manner in which they have carried themselves throughout their careers. Good people do good," said Lee Clow, chairman of TBWA\Media Arts Lab and global director of Media Arts.
Cynthia Kuker was named vice president, senior creative director in New York. She has more than 20 years of experience as an industry consultant, having worked with brands like Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Marriott, IBM and Grant Thornton.
Daniel Macena, vice president, creative director, New York, joins the agency from McCann HumanCare, where he served as creative director for brands including Airborne, MegaRed, Digestive Advantage and Move Free. Prior to that, he worked on brands like Ford Motor Company, Colgate, Burger King, United States Marines Corps, GM, Verizon Wireless and HBO.
Elyse Marks, associate creative director, San Francisco, joins the agency from George P Johnson, where she served as associate design director. She has worked with brands such as Toyota, Scion, Lexus, Sony, Universal, Disney, Citi, The Federal Reserve Bank, Bandai and Bombardier.
Colette Crespin, executive producer, San Francisco, also joins the agency from George P. Johnson. Prior to that, she founded Wild Wellbeing, a London-based experiential agency focused on wellbeing.
Lauren Lazarus, executive producer, Detroit and New York, most recently served as director of special events and external affairs at the Max Mara Fashion Group.
Lastly, Lauren Abernethy, regional account director, Detroit, comes to Jack Morton from Simon Property Group, where she served as regional vice president of marketing.
"At Jack Morton we create extraordinary experiences for our clients and to do so, we continue to recruit and develop the best talent in our industry," said Josh McCall, chairman and CEO of Jack Morton Worldwide. "We're excited to announce a number of senior hires, further building on our very talented teams across our offices in the US."
As president of CP+B West, Danielle joins Vinicius Reis, who oversees CP+B Miami and CP+B Brazil; Richard Pinder, who oversees CP+B Europe; and Bamboo Yee, who oversees CP+B Beijing.
Aldrich reports to Lori Senecal, Global CEO.
In 2014, after 12 years of leading accounts at the agency, Aldrich was named managing director of CP+B Boulder. Under her leadership, the office won new business, including American Airlines and Hershey's.
"Each of our 10 offices are led by entrepreneurs who are passionate about building CP+B, in their markets around the world. We have found that by elevating regional leaders, we can better share resources seamlessly across offices in each region, to bring more top strategic and creative talent to our client partners," said Senecal.
Maleeny joins the agency from Heat, where he was chief strategy officer and general manager of the New York office. Prior to that, he was both chief strategy officer of Havas Worldwide and co-managing partner of New York.
"It is great to welcome Tim to our leadership team," said Sean Lyons, president, U.S. "His deep experience working with a range of brands across consulting, strategy, and creative development is a perfect fit for R/GA and our multi-disciplined approach to working with our clients."