Hill Holliday Names Dave Bolger Chief Media Officer in Round of Leadership Promotions

The agency also appointed a head of decision science and director of production

Pictured L–R: Chief media officer Dave Bolger, head of decision science Lindsay Blanch and director of production Khari Streeter. Hill Holliday

Hill Holliday president Chris Wallrapp announced three strategic leadership promotions today across the agency’s media, strategy and production departments.

The agency promoted Dave Bolger to chief media officer for Trilia Media, tasked with leading the strategic direction for Hill Holliday’s media agency. Bolger returned to Hill Holliday from OMD in 2016, overseeing the Activision and Ancestry.com accounts as managing director of its Los Angeles office. Prior to leaving for OMD in 2015, Bolger spent around four and a half years with Hill Holliday as senior vice president, group media director, working with clients including Dunkin’ Donuts, Major League Baseball, Cigna and Chili’s. 

Six-year Hill Holliday and Trilia veteran Lindsay Blanch was elevated to head of decision science, tasked with combining business intelligence, media analytics, consumer research and data insights to deliver better results for clients. Over the course of her career, which also included a four-year stint at Digitas, Blanch has worked with clients including Dunkin’ Donuts, Bank of America, Aflac, GM, TJX, Virgin Atlantic and Harley-Davidson.

Creative director Khari Streeter was promoted to the newly-created position of executive vice president, director of production. Before joining Hill Holliday, Streeter served as partner, creative director for The Heat, working with clients that include AB InBev and Reebok. He also directed feature-length films Black & White & Red All Over and Lift, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival, and served as a commercial and documentary editor at Editbar.

“We’re investing in the right practice areas and positioning ourselves to serve a new generation of clients with very specific needs,” Wallrapp said in a statement. “They don’t just want data, they want insights that make an economic difference. They don’t just want more cost management, they want faster and better work. These changes reflect our commitment to delivering that every day.”

The promotions follow a series of changes at Hill Holliday in recent months. Earlier this week, the agency went through a round of strategic restructuring, following a series of layoffs at its Boston headquarters in April in the wake of Dunkin’ Donuts naming BBDO as its agency of record. In April, Hill Holliday also picked up media and creative duties for Frontier. CFO/COO Scott Feyler and svp of diversity and talent management Julianna Akuamoah also joined the agency in July.

@ErikDOster erik.oster@adweek.com Erik Oster is an agencies reporter for Adweek.