Publicis Seattle Taps Presidents

With an eye toward gaining a better creative footing, Publicis’ Seattle office has found two new leaders.

Kevin Kehoe and Randy Browning, who once worked together at Publicis & Hal Riney in San Francisco, are being asked to breathe new life into the 3-year-old office as co-presidents, beginning Feb. 12. They also take the roles of chief creative officer and chief marketing officer, respectively.

“I’m very excited about this as we transform the culture. It’s all about changing the mind-set of the people here,” said Dennis Miller, agency chairman and CEO. “Having a new culture for the agency allows everybody to think further outside the box and ramp up their creativity to a higher level.”

Publicis’ top brass have high expectations for the two. Kehoe, 38, comes from Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco, where he worked as an art director—a post that is similar to creative director positions at other shops. He said the opportunity to inspire a new creative culture is the main reason he joined Publicis.

“A whole new agency structure will result from this,” he said. “This is one of those rare opportunities … where we can work to create a culture where a lot of great work can be done.”

Browning, 35, comes to Seattle from a group account director position at Mullen in Wenham, Mass. In addition to Riney, he has also worked at Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Ore.

“This move is an opportunity to create a new creative powerhouse over on the West Coast,” he said. “That is an agreed-upon mission.”

Former Publicis Seattle president and executive creative director Gail Anne Grosso left the shop last year.

The office has estimated billings of about $245 million through such clients as Hewlett-Packard, the Seattle Seahawks and Western Wireless’ Voicestream service. It also handles the state’s tourism and lottery accounts. It lost the Petsmart creative account to Doner in December and was also cut from that client’s ongoing media review.