Car Veteran Thompson Pulls Into Agency
LOS ANGELES–The Designory, a shop known primarily for its automotive material design work, has hired Janet M. Thompson as president and chief executive officer.
Thompson joins the Long Beach, Calif., shop from Interactive Golf, a division of Callaway Golf Co., Carlsbad, Calif., where she served as vice president. She has spent most of her professional career in top posts at several car companies.
“I feel kind of like the prodigal daughter returns,” she joked. “I thought joining [the agency] would be a way to bring interesting thinking to a lot of different car companies.”
Thompson’s automotive marketing experience began in 1972 at Chrysler Corp. In 1984, she joined Toyota Motor Sales USA, where she rose to national marketing director for the Lexus brand. She also held positions such as vice president of marketing and vice president, sales operations, for what is now Mazda North American Operations.
Thompson will be responsible for the direction and operations of The Designory and for Pinkhaus, a Miami-based design consultancy it owns. Designory founder and former CEO Dave Almquist will become chairman emeritus; former president Steve Horman will be president of Pinkhaus and managing director of The Designory.
The agency has completed integrated marketing communications work for such clients as Nissan, Mercedes-Benz and Isuzu. Owned by Omnicom’s Diversified Agency Services, it also has plans to open an office later this year within sister shop Merkley Newman Harty’s New York office, said Thompson.
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