Nearly a month to the day that we reported that Joshua Hirsch was leaving Big Spaceship after 11 years of service to possibly assume a senior-level technology post at Publicis Kaplan Thaler in mid-August, the latter agency has finally made it official. Like clockwork. Unfortunately, Hirsch won’t be bringing his catchy “Minister of Technology” title he held at BS with him to PKT, but instead joins the latter agency in the more traditional role of EVP/chief technology officer. As you’d expect, he’ll be leading Publicis Kaplan Thaler’s technology and innovation practice out of the agency’s New York HQ.
Hirsch’s new boss, PKT CEO Robin Koval, says in a statement, “Today, technology informs the creative process as never before, and Joshua will help provide our clients with an unprecedented level of innovation. Joshua is a proven leader with a significant track record of developing impressive front-edge solutions, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him join us. We expect to do truly innovative and industry-leading work together – work that continues to lead the change for our clients.”
As previously mentioned, Hirsch spent well over a decade at DUMBO-based Big Spaceship, beginning as the digital shop’s sole coder before eventually moving up to partner and dubbing himself, yes, “Minister of Technology.” Frankly, we miss the hair.