People on the Move
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
  • Britt Hayes
    DDB North America
    DDB North America named Britt Hayes as chief people officer. A new position, Hayes will work with leaders from the network's 17 North American offices to oversee all talent and development programs, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and recruitment for the agency. She reports to Wendy Clark, chief executive officer.

    Hayes joins the agency from Grey Group, where she managed creative talent and operations for the network's New York office as executive director, creative management. Prior to that, she was worldwide head of creative talent at J. Walter Thompson.

    Hayes also spent 12 years at McCann as senior vice president/director of creative services, where she was responsible for managing the creative department and recruiting across McCann Worldgroup in San Francisco, including McCann Erickson, T.A.G., and MRM.

    "At the very core of our business is people," said Clark. "Nothing works in our agencies, or in our industry for that matter, without talented people and the bright ideas and brilliant work they create. Investing in a role like this is a deliberate step to ensure the recruitment, retention, and development of our 2,000+ talented associates of DDB North America stays at the forefront of our focus. Britt is a proven and accomplished business leader. Her ability to identify, nurture, and develop talented people to create the best work of their careers is exactly what was so compelling about having Britt join us at DDB."

  • Joao Coutinho
    Y&R New York
    Y&R New York named Joao Coutinho as North America executive creative director. Coutinho will report to Y&R North America chief creative officer Leslie Sims. The pair will work together to oversee the creative vision for key accounts and contribute to new business opportunities.

    Coutinho joins the agency from Grey New York, where he served as group creative director, working on Volvo, Canon, Clairol, Bosch, and P&G. He also served as creative lead at Ogilvy Brazil and prior to that served as executive creative director at Lowe Lisbon and head of art at JWT Lisbon.

    "Joao's creative spirit is absolutely infectious," said Sims. "He's been the force behind ideas that have become part of culture and have truly engaged and touched people all over the world. Not only is his list of achievements impressive, he is also one of the nicest, most down-to-earth people you'll ever meet. We are so happy to welcome him on board as we strengthen our creative leadership in North America."

  • Jeff Geisler
    MING Utility and Entertainment Group
    MING Utility and Entertainment Group tapped Jeff Geisler as president. He most recently served as global chief marketing officer for Saatchi & Saatchi. Before that, he worked as chief marketing officer for Jay-Z's Roc Nation, handling both music and sports properties.

    Prior to that, Geisler spent seven years as head of business leadership at McCann New York, where he ran client service for clients such as Verizon, Mastercard, General Mills and Unilever.

    Geisler and Linus Karlsson, chairman and chief creative officer of Ming, worked at McCann for nearly three years when Karlsson served as chairman and chief creative officer of McCann New York and McCann London.

    "As we're steering even more deliberately towards design, music and film experiences by brands and less ad-making stuff, Jeff, with his unique experience, is great fit to run the company," said Karlsson. "Jeff understands creative, strategy, media, technology, design and how to operate, innovate and be successful in this space."

  • Chloe Gottlieb, Taras Wayner, Genevieve Hoey, Megan Skelly, Steve Wakelam, Nick Pringle and Adam Reeve
    R/GA promoted two in its US Creative department and made a series of hires across offices and departments.

    Chloe Gottlieb and Taras Wayner were promoted to joint chief creative officers, US. They will continue to report to Nick Law, vice chairman, global chief creative officer.

    R/GA New York hired a series of senior group executive creative director, beginning with Genevieve Hoey, who joins the agency from Wieden + Kennedy. Hoey will partner with experience lead Una Walsh to lead creative for Nike. Megan Skelly joins from 360i to partner with Erin Lynch on Verizon, and Steve Wakelam & Nick Pringle will lead creative for the agency's Samsung US and Mercedes-Benz US work, in collaboration with Gaurabh Mathure.

    R/GA San Francisco hired Adam Reeves as executive creative director to partner with Paulo Melchiori, senior vice president, executive creative director. Reeves previously worked at twofifteenmccann, where he led creative for Xbox, Hulu  and Pandora.

  • Jeff Bossin, Michael Everard, Kelly Kliebe, Lori Martin, Marius Gedgaudas, Gabriel Gama, Guilherme Grossi and Alvaro Soto
    Innocean expanded its creative with a series of hires and promotions.

    Jeff Bossin joined the agency as vice president, group creative director from Deutsch LA, where he worked on Target, Zillow, PlayStation and Real California Milk. In his new role, Bossin will be responsible for developing and overseeing national campaigns for Hyundai.

    Michael Everard, as vice president, group creative director, will co-manage the Hyundai Dealer business.

    Kelly Kliebe returns to Innocean as vice president, group creative director from The Garage Team Mazda and has previously worked at Saatchi & Saatchi, on Mazda, Toyota, National Geographic, Sony, and Charles Schwab. In his new role, he will work directly on the Genesis account.

    Lori Martin was promoted to creative director and will focus on digital work for Hyundai.

    Marius Gedgaudas joins the agency as a design director, who most recently worked at Ignited. He has worked with brands like Target, Levis, DirecTV, Dr. Pepper, PlayStation, Taco Bell, and MTV, to name a few.

    Gabriel Gama, art director, and Guilherme Grossi, copywriter, join the agency from TBWA / Raad, Dubai.

    Lastly, Alvaro Soto, senior copywriter, joins the agency from McCann Peru. He has worked on LAN Airlines, Ducati, and Coca-Cola.

    "Part of putting INNOCEAN on the map is recruiting people from all over the map," said Eric Springer, chief creative officer of Innocean. "Yes, as everyone says it's all about the work. But for us in Huntington Beach, it's all about the people."

  • Josh Line
    Comedy Central
    Comedy Central named Josh Line as executive vice president, marketing & creative.
  • Shannon Carlson
    HYC Health
    HYC Health hired Shannon Carlson as senior vice president, account director. Carlson joins the agency from Pivot Design, where she was vice president of accounts.
  • Lem Lloyd
    BuzzBoard hired Lem Lloyd as senior vice president of revenue and business development.
  • Tony Volante
    Harbor Picture Company
    Harbor Picture Company named Tony Volante as supervising sound editor & re-recording mixer.
  • Lisa Mogol, Cindy Nielsen, Christopher Pensiero and Bryan Wetzel
    Bikini Edit
    Creative editors Lisa Mogol, Cindy Nielsen, Christopher Pensiero and Bryan Wetzel joined the commercial roster of Bikini Edit.
  • Phil Riggins
    Phil Riggins joined Leidar to strengthen its brand and reputation insight practice.
  • Gregory Michaelidis
    Gregory Michaelidis, a former Department of Homeland Security advisor on cybersecurity issues in the Obama Administration, joined CommCore as a cybersecurity communications consultant.
  • Lucinda K. Treat
    Independent Sports & Entertainment
    Independent Sports & Entertainment hired Lucinda K. Treat as executive vice president and general counsel.
  • Quentin Oliver
    TREKK added Quentin Oliver as an art director.
  • Nicole Harburger
    Whiteboard Advisors
    Whiteboard Advisors hired Nicole Harburger, formerly senior vice president with GMMB, as chief operating officer.
  • Kelsey Hart, Emily Johnson, Jim Holstine and Michelle Nickrent
    Rhea + Kaiser
    Rhea + Kaiser promoted Kelsey Hart to account supervisor; Emily Johnson to senior account manager, public relations; Jim Holstine to studio manager. Teh agency also hired Michelle Nickrent as an assistant account manager.
  • Christian Arens
    Coegi hired Christian Arens as senior vice president, client development and strategy.
  • Marianne Gambelli
    FOX News
    FOX News named Marianne Gambelli as president, advertising sales.
  • Rob Kane
    Sparxoo hired Rob Kane as vice president, client development.
  • Jonathan Lipton
    Vector Media
    Vector Media hired Jonathan Lipton as national account manager.
  • Hal Muchnick
    SimpleReach hired Hal Muchnick as chief executive officer.
  • Josh Baumrind
    Evergage hired Josh Baumrind as senior vice president of partnerships and corporate development.
  • Todd Ruff and Jayson Truttmann
    T3 hired Todd Ruff and Jayson Truttmann as vice president of client engagement, and vice president of marketing and business development, respectively.
  • Carl Calarco and Mark Baker
    Symphony Talent
    Symphony Talent named Carl Calarco as chief financial officer and Mark Baker as executive vice president of global sales.
  • Aric Lapera
    Aric Lapera joined Dose as vice president, west coast.
  • Ed Huckfeldt
    SPI Entertainment
    SPI Entertainment tapped Ed Huckfeldt as vice president of marketing & administration.
  • Kim DeCarlis
    Kim DeCarlis joined Gigamon as chief marketing officer.
  • Rob (Bobby) Alexiou
    Lumency named Rob (Bobby) Alexiou as vice president, strategic creative and design.  
  • Shayne Terry
    TREKK hired Shayne Terry as a content strategist.
  • Christine Neville
    Christine Neville joined MeringCarson's San Diego office as brand manager.
  • Jeremiah Rosen
    Media Storm
    Media Storm tapped Jeremiah Rosen, former president of SapientRazorfish-owned Campfire, as chief revenue officer.
  • Oritte Bendory
    Assembly tapped Oritte Bendory as executive producer.
  • Kerrie Gillis
    The Village Voice
    The Village Voice tapped former New York Times advertising and sales executive Kerrie Gillis as chief revenue officer.
  • Shaun Francis
    PureRED | Ferrara
    PureRED | Ferrara named Shaun Francis as senior vice president of human resources and talent.
  • Polly Lieberman and Cristi Basch
    Aki Technologies
    Aki Technologies created a Strategic Accounts division, appointing Polly Lieberman senior vice president of Strategic Accounts and Cristi Basch as vice president of Strategic Accounts.
  • Jamie McFarland
    Discovery Communications
    Discovery Communications promoted Jamie McFarland to vice president, digital distribution.
  • Natalia Kermode
    Movingimage hired Natalia Kermode as managing director of sales, Americas.
  • Jared Knecht
    m ss ng p eces
    Production company m ss ng p eces added director Jared Knecht to its roster for commercial representation.
  • Jeremy Gomez
    GMR Marketing
    GMR Marketing promoted Jeremy Gomez to vice president, client services.
  • Marissa Ferreira
    SUPPLY hired Marissa Ferreira as vice president of finance and accounting.