DDB Chicago Names David Banta SVP/GCD

By Patrick Coffee 

A Hill Holliday veteran has joined DDB Chicago as SVP and group creative director.

David Banta will lead the creative team behind the Capital One account, whose most recent work focused on the client’s Apple Pay integration in an ad titled “Worn Jeans.”

Banta has worked in the industry for more than two decades. He most recently filled the same position at Hill Holliday’s Boston office, where he worked on Liberty Mutual, Merrell, Capella University, and Cadillac. After spending seven years with that agency, he went freelance around the same time that the Cadillac account changed hands and Hill Holliday went through a subsequent round of layoffs.


Prior to joining the Hill Holliday team, Banta spent two years as an ACD at CP+B and two years as a creative director at Doner in addition to stints with Mintz & Hoke, Foote, Cone & Belding, and others.

The agency’s newest director — whose work has been recognized by The One Show, The CLIOs, etc. — will report to Chicago CCO John Maxham. In the release, Maxham calls him “exactly the kind of gutsy creative” needed to channel Capital One’s “challenger brand” spirit.

This move marks only the latest addition at DDB, which named W+K Sao Paulo’s Icaro Doria as chief creative in its New York office last week.