Ackerman Taps Leaders In Texas

Oklahoma Shop Promotes Lipson, Coleman to Top Posts in Irving
DALLAS–Ackerman McQueen of Oklahoma City last week reached into its creative ranks to name senior vice president and creative director David Lipson as the new managing director of its Irving, Texas, office.
Lipson, 31, succeeds outgoing executive vice president Tom Millweard, who begins his tenure today as chief operating officer at Barkley Evergreen & Partners in Kansas City, Mo.
The agency also promoted Irving-based management supervisor Chris Coleman, 37, to the post of executive vice president and corporate director of brand planning across the four-office network.
Coleman will succeed executive vice president Deborah Johnson, whose duties are being shifted full time behind the blossoming Premier Parks account.
The $150 million agency is looking to generate edgy, even “controversial” work through Lipson, chairman and president Angus McQueen said last week.
“He’s our most aggressive and irreverent person in the agency,” said McQueen. “I want him to try to shake things up, and offer some real genuine alternatives to what’s available in Dallas.”
Lipson began his career as a copywriter at Ackerman McQueen’s Oklahoma City headquarters in 1990, before later moving to the Irving office. He will be stationed where McQueen is planting account management for two of the agency’s plum (and youth-oriented) recreation accounts: Bruns-wick bowling products and centers and the recently consolidated $70 million Premier business. The latter account next year will include the client’s recently acquired Six Flags Theme Parks nationwide.
McQueen said many in the agency probably thought he would elevate Coleman from his management post to head the Irving office. He pointed out, however, that Coleman’s strategic input at all four offices made him more valuable in a network post.
“I couldn’t afford to put Chris on a singular focus,” McQueen said of the six-year Ackerman veteran.
Prior to joining Ackerman McQueen, Coleman was a field marketing manager for Pepsi-Cola as well as an account executive with The Bloom Co. (now Publicis) in Dallas.