Veteran St. Louis adman Ray McAnallen has assumed the top creative post at Advertising Savants.
McAnallen joins the agency from The Schupp Co. in St. Louis, where he was a vice president and head creative. Prior to that, he spent many years as a creative director at D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles in town, producing work for clients including Anheuser-Busch and Southwestern Bell. McAnallen also worked at the former Tracy Locke in Dallas.
At Advertising Savants, he replaces Donna Hagerty-Payne, who left the agency to pursue motherhood full-time.
McAnallen said he's eager to join the fray of small creative shops who are fighting it out for a piece of the action in the Gateway City. Those shops include Veritas, Core and Rodgers Townsend.
"The competition has really picked up among the small to medium-sized shops," McAnallen said. "There's not a hack shop in the bunch."
Advertising Savant's clients include Commerce Bancshares, Saint Louis University and Crown Therapeutics.