Hill Holliday Hires New Chief Financial, Operating Officer and SVP of Diversity, Talent Management

Scott Feyler and Julianna Akuamoah join the Boston shop

Julianna Akuamoah and Scott Feyler are the newest additions to Hill Holliday.
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IPG-owned creative shop Hill Holliday has hired Scott Feyler as CFO and COO, and Julianna Akuamoah as senior vice president of diversity and talent management.

Feyler hails from Arnold Worldwide where he spent more than two decades of his career, most recently serving as managing partner and CFO. Akuamoah comes from Allen & Gerritsen, where she was svp of talent and operations.

Hill Holliday said in a statement that the hires reflect the “agency’s commitment to operational agility and talent investment following a string of new business wins in the telecommunications, retail and healthcare industries.”

Telecom provider Frontier Communications handed its advertising account to Hill Holliday and its media arm, Trilia, in April. That was a critical win for the creative agency after it lost the $150 million Dunkin’ Donuts account to BBDO earlier in April, initiating a round of layoffs.

“As we continue to onboard new clients in a variety of industries, these are two critical areas for our agency’s future,” Karen Kaplan, chairman and CEO of Hill Holliday, said in a statement. “Making new investments in how we run and grow the agency and recruiting the talent needed to do so are part of keeping us agile and competitive.”

Kaplan said, “There’s simply no one better than Scott when it comes to finding efficiencies and running agency operations at the highest level.” Feyler oversaw client teams on accounts such as Jeep, Progressive Insurance and Santander Bank while at Arnold.

Before Allen & Gerritsen, Akuamoah was a recruiter and talent manager at Match Creative in Los Angeles. In her new position, she will support both Hill Holliday and Trilia and oversee diversity and inclusion efforts.

“There’s nothing more important to any agency right now than creating diverse, high-performance culture, and that starts with talent,” Kaplan added. “Julianna is the ideal leader to ensure our talent and diversity strategy aligns with our business goals.”