DDB San Francisco Focuses on Talent and Capabilities With 2 New Hires

A new head of talent and head of production

Densie Esterkyn (L) and Marla Ulrich join DDB San Francisco's leadership team.
DDB San Francisco

DDB announced two new hires in its San Francisco office today as the agency looks to invest in its talent and expand its production capabilities.

Industry veteran Marla Ulrich has been appointed to head of production of the Omnicom Group agency, effective immediately. In this role, Ulrich will head up the agency’s in-house production studio and manage its integrated production team. Before joining DDB, she worked as a creative producer at Anomaly and worked on Coca-Cola’s global campaign for the 2016 Rio Olympics for David The Agency as a freelancer.

Denise Esterkyn joins as the agency’s new head of talent. Prior to joining DDB, Esterkyn spent much of her time working as a recruiter in the Bay Area and will use that expertise to attract new talent and develop existing talent.

“We’re focused on making DDB San Francisco a place where creative innovation thrives. This requires the right leadership, talent and agency structure working in sync to challenge the conventions of creativity. Marla and Denise bring the expertise we need to continue to transform and build for the future,” Todd Grantham, DDB SF president and CEO, said in a statement.

The two new hires come as DDB San Francisco continues to gain momentum after winning the Energy Upgrade California business and the appointment of Kevin Drew to chief creative officer of the San Francisco office.