Donovan Recruits Client Director




Hill, Holliday’s David Jackson to Replace Tom Hamlin by Year’s End
BOSTON–Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos veteran David Jackson last week joined Donovan Group as director of client services.
Jackson will replace Tom Hamlin, who will step down as vice president of client services to “explore other options.” The possibilities range from joining another agency to crossing back over to the client side, he said.
Before joining the Northborough, Mass.-based agency, Hamlin held marketing posts at NEC Technologies and Simplex Time Recorder, heading the latter’s in-house advertising group.
“I’m very proud of what I’ve done” at Donovan Group, said Hamlin, who added that he has wanted to make a change for some time. “There’s not much more behind the [decision] than this.” He will likely stay through November to help his successor make the transition.
Jackson was most recently senior vice president and group account director at Hill, Holliday. During his three years at the Boston agency, Jackson worked for clients such as The Gillette Co. and BankBoston and helped build Hill, Holliday Interactive into a 50-person business unit.
“I thought [Donovan Group] was a terrific fit for me,” said Jackson. “It’s not so much about the size of the company, but what are the resources and the opportunities to put the resources to work for clients. I think it’s a company that’s growing rapidly and moving from being a small, local [agency] to a stronger regional player.”
Prior to joining Hill, Holliday, Jackson served as an account director at J. Walter Thompson and Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, both in New York.
Jackson’s former boss at Hill, Holliday Interactive, Rich Person, called Jackson a “great guy to work with.” He’s a “real advocate for the integrated model. He wasn’t one of these guys who paid lip service to it. He was one of those key individuals to help the [interactive group] take off to the next level,” said Person, who is now executive vice president of direct marketing services at Mullen in Wenham, Mass.
One of Jackson’s tasks will be building Donovan Group’s three-person interactive division, said founder and president Michael Donovan.
Jackson’s appointment comes at a time of rapid growth for the 10-year-old agency founded in Worcester, Mass. In the past several months, the shop has brought its billings to $30 million by adding clients such as Lord, Abbett & Co. in New York, Markem Corp. in Keene, N.H., and UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester.