Chiat NY Adds (Sorta) New MD, Chief Strategy Director

By Kiran Aditham 

While it’s been hard to keep track of the turnover at Chiat this year, the agency’s New York office at least has some good news before ’09 ends. This morning, Chiat NY announced that it’s hired former Berlin Cameron United NY president Carla Serrano and McCann Erickson alum Stephanie Retcho as Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director, respectively.

This actually marks the second stint for both execs at Chiat. Seranno originally joined the NY office as Group Planning Director in 2000. She began her career, though, at Chiat\Day Toronto in 1994 before moving over to BBDO Toronto in ’98. During her time at Berlin Cameron, Serrano oversaw 70+ staff that worked with clients like Comcast, Belvedere, Amazon and Ford. Retcho meanwhile served as Executive Group Director on Sprint-Nextel at Chiat before moving onto McCann Erickson, where she was EVP, Group Managing Director for the Verizon business.

In addition to the new (re)hires, Chiat NY also promoted Jonathan Lee to Planning Director to work alongside the previous hires of Executive Digital Director Devrin Carlson-Smith and Matt Bijarchi, Executive Director of Media Arts.

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