• Kantar Vet Gildenberg Joins Omnicom Retail Group
    Omnicom Retail Group, the holding company’s retail, shopper and commerce marketing-focused specialist, has appointed Bryan Gildenberg senior vice president, commerce. He reports to the unit’s CEO Sophie Daranyi. Gildenberg joins from Kantar's retail consulting practice, where he was Chief Knowledge Officer, Retail and a member of the practice's executive committee. He led the company's analysis and insights practice.   In this new position, Gildenberg is tasked with strengthening ORG's retailer intelligence, partnerships and retail strategy. He’ll also oversee the further development of the group’s transactional data and shopper insight capabilities. "Bryan has unparalleled retailer knowledge and insight and will play a ...
  • Sayre Elevated to CEO At Merkle RMG
    Merkle RMG (Response Management Group), part of Dentsu Aegis Network’s data and precision marketing agency Merkle has promoted Bill Sayre to CEO. The role is new and previously Sayre was president.  Merkle RMG focuses on the nonprofit, government, and commercial sectors. Sayre, based in Hagerstown, MD, reports to Merkle Chairman and CEO David Williams.  Under his leadership as president, Sayre is credited with helping the company to grow to more than 640 employees with a portfolio of more than 200 clients. Revenues have more than tripled under his watch.    
  • Agency Gut Promotes Four
    Independent agency Gut has promoted four people this week who have excelled in the agency’s production, creative and finance departments:  Renata Neumann is now Head of Production. She started at the agency late last year and quickly started overseeing the entire production department, now leading production for all clients in its Miami office. Eliana Ferrer and Jeff Hodgson are now Creative Directors. They were the first creative team to join Gut Miami and have led campaigns for Popeyes, Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Tim Hortons.  Giselle Reggianni is now CFO overseeing all three GUT offices — Miami, São Paulo and Buenos ...
  • Ogilvy Health Promotes Patel To CFO
    Ogilvy Health, part of WPP’s Ogilvy has promoted Ripal R. Patel to Chief Financial Officer. Previously he served as senior vice president client financial services. Patel succeeds Robert Saporito, who retired at the end of 2019. In his new post, In addition to serving as finance chief Patel becomes a member of the Ogilvy Health Executive Committee and will serve on the agency’s US Board.  Patel joined Ogilvy Health in 2007 as director of client financial services and was elevated to SVP, Client Financial Services in 2009.  
  • VMLY&R Taps Cottrell For Kansas City CCO Role
    VMLY&R has appointed Noel Cottrell Chief Creative Officer for Kansas City, where he’ll lead creative efforts and report to Co-Chief Creative Officer of North America John Godsey. Among other clients the Kansas City office services fast food chain Wendy’s.  Cottrell joins VMLY&R from Fitzco in Atlanta, where he served as Chief Creative Officer for nearly a decade. He worked with brands like Coca-Cola, Sony and Navy Federal Credit Union.  Earlier Cottrell co-founded two  South African advertising agencies — Joe Public and FoxP2. He later moved to the U.S. where he worked as executive creative director at Grey New York ...
  • Portland Agency North Names First CEO
    Portland, OR independent creative agency North has appointed co-founder Rebecca Armstrong CEO. She’ll continue to lead the agency in partnership with co-founder and chief creative officer Mark Ray.  The agency said the move would allow Armstrong focus on guiding North through a rapidly changing landscape in addition to her role in leading new business development for the agency.  And Ray, in addition to CCO duties will expand North’s branded and entertainment content capabilities.  Jordan Delapoer will be taking over Armstrong’s role as managing director and will focus on client services and business operations. Delapoer, a Wieden+Kennedy alum, ...
  • JKR Appoints First Chief Global Talent Officer
    Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR) has appointed Sedef Onar Global Chief Talent Officer to help the agency take a more strategic, long term view on hiring, training, and developing talent. The position is new. The agency has offices in New York, London, Shanghai, and Singapore. Previously Onar Chief Talent Officer and Partner at 72andSunny, part of MDC Partners.  
  • OKRP Appoints Walker Group Creative Director
    Aubrey Walker has been named Group Creative Director at O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul. Previously Walker had been freelancing for the Chicago-based agency. Earlier he worked at agencies including Leo Burnett, Carol H. Williams, Matlock and Burrell among others.
  • Laughlin Constable Names Maxham Chief Creative Officer
    Chicago-based independent agency Laughlin Constable has hired John “Max” Maxham as its Chief Creative Officer (CCO). He succeeds Lisa Bennett who left the agency late last year.  Maxham joins LC from DDB Chicago, where he spent the past six years as Chief Creative Officer. Prior to joining DDB, he was executive creative director for Seattle-based agency Cole & Weber.  Maxham is credited with securing multiple AOR client relationships for DDB Chicago since joining in 2014, including Jeep, US Army, Kohler, Symantec, Jiffy Lube, and Miller Lite.  He will continue to be based in Chicago while splitting his ...
  • Digitas Promotes Tatlow To U.S. Chief Strategy Officer
    Digitas has promoted Jonathan Tatlow to U.S. Chief Strategy Officer to lead the 85-person strategic team. In his new role, Tatlow will oversee Digitas’ strategic processes and products across all the agency’s practices, including connected campaigns, experiences, CRM and Loyalty, as well as marketing transformation.  He will continue to be based in Boston. Most recently Tatlow served as executive vice president, head of strategy, North America. He is also a member of the Digital Executive committee. Tatlow’s elevation follows several new creative and growth hires at the Publicis Groupe-owned agency, including Nathalie Huni, EVP, U.S. head of ...
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