Cliff Freeman Snags Taxi Exec as ECD

NEW YORK MDC Partners’ Cliff Freeman and Partners said it has hired Tom Christmann as executive creative director. He succeeds Arthur Bijur, an agency co-founder, as ecd. Bijur becomes vice chairman, a new position, with a mandate for “spearheading new creative initiatives,” the agency said in a statement.

Christmann, 37, who has already joined the agency here from crosstown shop Taxi, reports to chairman and CCO Cliff Freeman.

At Taxi as a cd, Christmann worked on accounts such as Amp’d Mobile, Blue Shield of California and Molson Canadian. Initially a copywriter, he has also held posts at BBDO, TBWA\Chiat\Day and Ogilvy & Mather, among others.

Said Christmann, “When I started in the business, Cliff Freeman was the agency I most wanted to be a part of. It took me 15 years, but I’m finally here. In my mind, Cliff has always stood for humor, but it was the intelligence behind the humor that makes the work truly great.” He now leads the agency’s 20 creative staffers.

Cliff Freeman praised the exec’s “knowledge, experience and focus” as a good fit for the shop.

The 20-year-old shop added the estimated $80 million Quiznos business in June following a review, by far its most noteworthy score this year. The agency also works for Snapple, Baskin Robbins and Bonefish Grill, among others.