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."
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."
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 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 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."