• CreativeDrive Adds Agency Executives To Management Team
    Global content production company CreativeDrive has hired Douglas Castro, former managing director at Leo Burnett to lead the firm’s Central American operations and Shaun Coulter, former vice president Advantage Solutions to lead its operations in Atlanta, Georgia and Bentonville, Arkansas.  Castro has spent the last eight years as managing director for various Costa Rica based divisions of Leo Burnett.   Prior to Advantage Solutions Coulter served at TBWA\Tequila Singapore, Ogilvy, TracyLocke and other agencies.    
  • Blue Chip Adds Three To Leadership Team
    Ad agency Blue Chip is adding three new faces to its executive leadership team. Elizabeth Bleser is promoted to senior vice president, integrated media to lead the agency's integrated media practice including strategy, planning, buying, implementation and analytics across all channels and platforms. Jason Geis and Joel Walker are both elevated to co-vice president, group creative directors. In their new roles both Geis and Walker will lead the agency's creative department output as well as spearhead new business and marketing efforts and oversee day-to-day creative responsibilities on the agency’s flagship accounts like Daisy, Brown-Forman, Pirate’s Booty, Fisher Nuts and P&G.  …
  • Cogniscient Media Adds Integration Role
    Cogniscient Media, part of MARC USA, is elevating Sadie Barlow from associate media director to director of integrated media, a newly created role. Barlow's role will be to ensure that all key disciplines — from analytics and MarTech to customer experience and CRM — are engaged from the start of all planning. She will continue to oversee media on Qdoba from her previous position.  
  • Vladimir Jones Promotion, Hires
    Vladimir Jones is ending the summer with two new faces and a promotion. The agency is elevating Nathan Downey from senior art director to associate creative director, while welcoming Michael Hamilton as media planner as he relocates to Denver, CO from Chicago, where he started his career. Jessica Honeycutt is also a new addition as senior account executive to be responsible for strategy, budgeting and production for client programs.
  • SS+K Adds ECD
    SS+K, a subsidiary of M&C Saatchi, has named Stevie Archer executive creative director to oversee creative development for clients such as Airbnb, Tourism Australia, Commonwealth Bank, Microsoft, NARAL, NCAA, and Wells Fargo. She was previously with Big Spaceship, where she ran the Starbucks account.    Archer will also work with senior creatives from M&C Saatchi partner agencies for marketing solutions for U.S. and global clients. SS+K is known for its work on HBO, Delta, Honest Tea, and Obama (’08 & ’12).
  • BBH NY Bolsters Creative Team With Two Key Hires
    BBH NY has announced the expansion of its creative department with two key hires. Marta Ibarrondo will join as Group Creative Director and Brooke Kaylor will head the firm’s integrated production. Both will report to BBH NY Chief Creative Officer Gerard Caputo.  With 25 years of experience, Ibarrondo began her career at Chiat/Day before moving on to several other agencies, including Kirshenbaum & Bond, SpikeDDB, mcgarrybowen, Saatchi and 180LA. She has also worked directly with J.P. Morgan Asset Management and SAP. In addition to her advertising work, Ibarrondo wrote and directed two award-winning short films and created a cartoon series …
  • MARC Elevates Nixon To SVP/Group Strategy & Account Director
    MARC USA is promoting Amy Nixon to the newly created role of senior vice president/group strategy and account director. The move is designed  to further integrate the agency's strategic approach and customer experience focus across disciplines in the agency. Nixon will continue to lead account service for all clients in the agency’s Chicago office.  She joined MARC USA in 2012 following stints at FCB and Tierney.  
  • Stein Joins Duncan Channon In New C-Suite Role
    San Francisco-based creative agency Duncan Channon has hired Gary Stein as the agency’s first chief integration officer.  The newly created role follows the agency’s acquisition of experiential, influencer and social marketing specialist A2G in March.  In his new role Stein is tasked with driving agency collaboration between strategy, media and its expanded creative team.  He is also tasked with formulating the agency’s point-of-view on modern relationship building between brands, consumers and media to clients and new business efforts. He will report to CEO Andy Berkenfield.   Previously Stein was associate partner, head of activation (media, …
  • The Variable Adds Social Director
    The Variable is appointing Lauren Dubinsky as director of social to lead and work with agency staffers to help clients leverage new and existing social platforms as part of an integrated marketing strategy. She previously served as the senior brand director of New Balance for Renfro.
  • EHY Appoints Thayer Chief Creative Officer
    EvansHardy+Young (EHY), a marketing communications agency that focuses on the food, restaurant, wine & spirit and casino categories, has appointed KT Thayer as its new Chief Creative Officer. Thayer is joining the agency following the retirement of longtime agency partner and Executive Creative Director Scott Young.  Thayer joins EHY following his most recent role as creative director at Crispin Porter Bogusky’s Boulder office. During his tenure there, Thayer led creative for Fruit of the Loom and Jose Cuervo. Earlier, Thayer spent 14 years at San Diego-based ViTRO where he was the executive creative director working on ASICS athletics, Taylor Guitars and …
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