We’re not sure why no one from the Arnold camp chimed in on this after hours of inquiry, but ah well, we’re never one to throw stones. There’s, for better or worse, the commentariat, for that. Anyhow, Wade Devers (pictured, smiling, left), a 14-year, Boston-based AW vet who most recently served as group creative director on work for Jack Daniel’s, has been bumped up to ECD.
In turn with the Devers promotion, we hear from those in the know that Arnold Boston has bumped up ACD/art director Travis Robertson, who’s spent approximately two-and-a-half years with said agency, to VP/creative director. Along with Robertson, Arnold, promoted Robertson’s cohort and most recently ACD/copywriter Greg Almeida to the same role.
Update: As the world turns, we’ve got some color to add to this tale, with Arnold folks telling us that the new ECD role filled by Devers will position him as second in command under Arnold’s managing partner/CCO, Pete Favat. He and Pete will divide responsibility across all accounts. Specifically, Devers will oversee Jack Daniel’s, CVS, Fidelity Investments, McDonald’s, Carnival Cruise Lines, CFP, Huntington, Bank Midwest, and Carbonite clients. Additionally, Wade will help to expand the agency’s design capability and work with Favat to refine the Creative vision and structure.
And, for background:
“Wade was originally hired by Pete back in 1999 as a Senior Art Director and since then has worked on Royal Caribbean, Silk Soy Milk, Fidelity, Monster.com, and Celebrity Cruises. His last promotion to EVP/GCD, [head of art] was in 2008.”