DDB Needham here has hired former McKinney & Silver creative director and Fallon McElligott veteran Pat Burnham as executive creative director. The move comes as the shop's co-managing director and chief operating officer Candy Deemer plans to depart after a 17-year career.
Burnham will join DDB on Jan. 1. His most recent post under co-chairman Seth Werner at Publicis/Bloom in Dallas lasted only three weeks [Adweek, Sept. 15]. Previously, he served as executive vice president and creative director at McKinney & Silver in Raleigh, N.C. Burnham left that job saying he had accomplished everything he had set out to do, but would not elaborate.
Burnham will oversee the day-to-day operations of DDB's creative department, reporting to managing director and chief creative officer Rick Carpenter.
Carpenter, who previously was co-managing director with Deemer, will now be the sole executive with that title reporting to DDB's Los Angeles office president, Dave Park.
Burnham cited DDB's work for the L.A. Times and Great Western Bank as what attracted him to the shop. "I think I can bring enthusiasm, experience and knowledge to the agency," said Burnham. "I've always been able to help people to do good work."
Separately, Jill Baldauf has been promoted to director of account management from management supervisor, assuming the role of head of account service formerly filled by Deemer. Deemer, who will retire at the end of this year, cited her desire to write a book and spend more time with her family as the reasons for leaving. "I can't imagine working at another agency," she said. "That's why I say I'm retiring."
Said Park: "[Deemer] has been a wonderful partner for the team here." --with Glen Fest and Jim Osterman