Well, guess this isn’t totally breaking news at this point but Gary Koepke, who co-founded (along with now-Hill Holliday EVP/CCO Lance Jensen) Boston’s now-defunct Modernista!, is moving up the charts at SapientNitro. Just over a year after joining the latter agency as VP/global executive creative director, Koepke is being bumped up to the big chair as he’s been appointed as chief creative officer, North America for SapientNitro. He fills a role that’s been open since Kathy Delaney left in June 2011.
Regarding taking the helm at the agency of “idea engineers,” Koepke says in a statement, “Joining SapientNitro a year ago started as an experiment and turned into a renaissance. I found in SapientNitro the disruptive spirit and focus on the future needed to truly innovate in the agency space that I thought I’d only be able to find by pursuing another start up.” Along with his new CCO role, Koepke, who has led creative on Chrysler, Fiat and Florida tourism efforts during his time at SapientNitro and remains based out of Boston, will also join the agency’s Global Creative Council. Along with his ad career, which also included helping up open W+K New York, Koepke also worked outside the industry as founding creative director for Vice and directing music videos for David Bowie and U2.