Leo Burnett Chicago is appointing Adriano Matos as executive vice president, executive creative director leading the agency’s work on MillerCoors and Facebook Messenger accounts. Matos, who was most recently Chief Creative Officer at Grey Brazil makes his return to the network after serving as a creative at Leo Burnett Tailor Made São Paulo from 2013 through 2015.
Ad agency Vladimir Jones has named Jön White as director of digital and data to lead the digital team in developing, implementing and optimizing digital marketing strategies for clients. Based at the agency's Denver office, he will also serve its leadership team. White previously worked with international brands such as Toyota, Lexus and Bank of Hawaii.
Night After Night—an agency that connects brands and music—has hired Jessica Curtis to serve in the newly created role of director of partnerships. She will be tasked with building and executing music partnerships between brands and musicians. Curtis was previously with Pearl Jam, Inc and Curtis Management, where she served as marketing and brand director for the well-known Seattle band as well as for its Monkeywrench Records label. She oversaw a number of artist-led, brand partnerships with companies including Sonos, Major League Baseball, and New Era.
Current Global, an Interpublic Group agency, has made senior appointments to its growing healthcare practice in North America. The four new hires report to Jacelyn Seng, executive vice president and North America healthcare lead. Lisa Shichijo joins as senior vice president and will oversee accounts in a range of therapeutic areas. Her experience includes tenures at Chandler Chicco, W2O Group, GCI Health and Porter Novelli. Andria Arena joins as vice president with expertise in corporate reputation, consumer education campaigns, new product launches and digital marketing efforts for a variety of pharmaceutical products. Beth Schifflin joins as senior manager. Her experience includes tenures at the …
Solve is hiring Lisa Johnson as director of production to oversee all aspects of integrated production including further building-out of the agency’s in-house studio. This is a newly created role as the agency scales up its production capabilities. Her background includes executive roles at Deutsch and TBWA\Chiat\Day in Los Angeles, as well as significant freelance experience at agencies including Wieden+Kennedy.
Observatory is hiring former Phenomenon Chief Creative Officer Linda Knight for the same role, effective February 10. Knight will be responsible for leading all creative efforts for the agency, replacing co-CCOs Todd Hunter and Tony Fur, a duo who spent their spent their entire decade-plus careers at the Stagwell Group-owned shop, previously known as CAA Marketing, before departing at the end of last year.
Publicis Health is elevating long-time executive Jennifer Shirley to president of Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness (SSW), replacing JD Cassidy, who previously served as President and Managing Director of SSW for seven years. Cassidy has assumed the role of EVP, client engagement strategy for Publicis Health.
Solve has promoted Kara Brower from director, project management to the newly created director of operations. This new position is designed to address the agency’s increasing growth by tasking three-year agency partner Brower to contribute even more broadly at an operational level.
Horizon Media is appointing Wanda Kato as executive vice president/managing partner to manage two of the agency’s largest accounts, Constellation Brands (Corona, Corona Light, Modelo) and the California Lottery. Reporting to Serena Duff, EVP General Manager of Horizon’s Los Angeles office, Kato will also work closely with the LA-based leadership team to enhance internal operations and to accelerate the organic and new business growth of the office. Kato comes to Horizon Media from OMD where she spent eleven years working with companies such as CBS, CBS All Access, Pop, Wells Fargo, Snapchat, University of Phoenix and IMAX. …
R/GA has promoted Neda Whitney to vice president/managing director of client services while Fielding Jamieson has joined R/GA Ventures as strategy director for the firm’s Global Sports Ventures Studio. Whitney will lead R/GA’s Verizon account, developing and advancing projects in collaboration with a team of more than 100 creatives, strategists, technologists and producers. Formerly the director of business partnerships for LIFT Labs at Comcast NBCUniversal, Jamieson will oversee partner relationships and facilitate partner engagement with emerging technologies sourced from the global startup ecosystem. She brings her expertise in launching and growing innovation groups within large organizations to GSVS’ roster of …