Hill Taps Moehlenkamp as ECD

BOSTON Interpublic Group’s Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos has selected Kevin Moehlenkamp as its new chief creative executive, sources said.

Moehlenkamp, who serves as evp, co-chief creative officer for IPG’s McCann Erickson in San Francisco, has accepted the Hill, Holliday post and will join the shop’s Boston headquarters in January, after finishing current work on the Microsoft account for McCann, sources said.

A McCann representative confirmed that Moehlenkamp is leaving the shop “early next year,” but declined to elaborate. Hill, Holliday executives could not immediately be reached.

At Hill, Holliday, he will succeed executive cd and evp Marty Donohue, the shop’s top creative since January 2002. Hill, Holliday and Donohue have steadfastly declined to comment on the situation, though the agency has been seeking a new ecd for several months [Adweek Online, May 12].

The shop’s inability of late to attract large national clients is mainly driving the change, sources said.

Hill, Holliday began addressing its new-business slump last month, hiring Ann Billock, an evp at New York consultancy Roth Associates, as its first chief marketing officer. At the same time, the agency tapped Greg Davis, director of business development at Publicis Groupe’s The Kaplan Thaler Group, for the new post of evp, chief development officer. Both report to Hill, Holliday chief executive Mike Sheehan [Adweek Online, June 24].

Hill, Holliday’s billings and revenue each rose an estimated 5 percent last year to approximately $890 million and $133 million, respectively. Major clients include CVS, Dunkin’ Donuts and TJX’s Marshalls.