DDB Needham's Los Angeles office has hired one-time Fallon McElligott creative chief 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 only 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 now 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."
Fallon McElligott co-founder Tom McElligott hired Burnham in 1981, when the agency opened. He was named its executive creative director in 1987. He left Fallon in 1993 to direct but returned to agency life a year later at Campbell Mithun Esty, Minneapolis. He stayed less than six months before moving to McKinney & Silver and then to Publicis/Bloom. --with Glen Fest