DDB Needham's Los Angeles office has hired 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 17 years at the agency.
Burnham joins DDB, effective Jan. 1, after a stint as executive creative director at Publicis/ Bloom in Dallas that lasted just three weeks [Adweek, Sept. 15]. He has also served as executive vice president and creative director at McKinney & Silver in Raleigh, N.C., and creative chief at Fallon McElligott in Minneapolis.
Burnham will oversee day-to-day operations in DDB's creative department, reporting to Rick Carpenter, managing director and chief creative officer. Carpenter, who previously shared the managing director role with Deemer, will serve as the sole managing director, reporting to office president Dave Park.
Burnham said DDB's work for the Los Angeles Times and Wells Fargo Bank attracted him to the shop. "I think I can bring enthusiasm, experience and knowledge to the agency," he said. "I've always been able to help people do good work."
Separately, Jill Baldauf has been promoted to director of account management, from management supervisor, taking over the lead on account service from Deemer. Deemer, who retires at the end of this year, said she intends to write a book and spend more time with her family. "I can't imagine working at another agency," she said. "That's why I say I'm retiring."
"[Deemer] has been a wonderful partner for the team here," Park said.
--with Glen Fest