MullenLowe Expands Its U.S. Creative Team With 3 Key Hires

Scott Hayes, Chris Ribeiro and and Drew Stalker join agency

(L. to Rr.): Scott Hayes, Chris Ribeiro and Drew Stalker

Interpublic Group agency MullenLowe has expanded its U.S. creative team with three new hires across its Winston-Salem, N.C. and Los Angeles offices.

Scott Hayes will serve as executive creative director, while Chris Ribeiro and Drew Stalker join MullenLowe as svp, group creative directors. All three will work closely with MullenLowe U.S. chief creative officer, managing partner Mark Wenneker.

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome three creative powerhouses to the MullenLowe family, and at a time when our portfolio of modern challenger brands continues to grow,” Wenneker said in a statement. “These are the kind of people who elevate the work and consistently find a way to tell a good story, no matter the stage or platform.”

Hayes joins MullenLowe’s Winston-Salem office from Anomaly New York, where he served as group creative director leading the global Budweiser account on such efforts as the 2016 Super Bowl anti-drunk driving ad starring Helen Mirren and February’s “Born the Hard Way,” which told the fictionalized story of Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch’s immigration from Germany. Hayes began his career as a copywriter with W+K New York and went on to Mother and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners’ New York offices before joining Anomaly.

Ribeiro and Stalker join MullenLowe L.A. from TBWA\Chiat\Day, where they both served as creative directors. Before joining TBWA\Chiat\Day, they served as group creative directors at TBWA\Media Arts Lab, where they worked on the 2013 holiday iPhone spot “Misunderstood.” In their new positions at MullenLowe, they will focus primarily on Acura, for which the agency serves as creative agency of record.

It has been a noteworthy couple of months for MullenLowe in terms of leadership changes and account wins. Last week, retailer Talbots selected the agency to head a campaign this fall that coincides with the chain’s 70th anniversary. May saw the agency’s Winston-Salem office part ways with president Brad Higdon and the departure of president Geoff Cottrill from MullenLowe Boston. In April, MullenLowe won creative and strategic agency of record duties for E*Trade, and its New York office became global agency of record for Rémy Cointreau-owned Mount Gay Rum.