DDB San Francisco Hires Ben Wolan as Executive Creative Director

By Erik Oster 

DDB San Francisco welcomed Ben Wolan as executive creative director.

In the role, Wolan will partner with managing director Mark Hansen and work closely with DDB Chicago chief creative officer John Maxham to oversee the agency’s creative department across various West Coast clients, such as BJ’s, Symantec andEnergy Upgrade California.

Wolan arrives at DDB San Francisco following a period as a freelance creative director and copywriter. Before going freelance he spent two years as a creative director with Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, where he led the Doritos account. He previously served as a senior copywriter/art director for Droga5 for about a year, working with clients including Prudential, Puma, and the UNICEF Tap Project. Prior to that he spent over four years with 215McCann as a senior art director and associate creative director.

“Ben is as nice as he is good. He’s won two Grand Prix at Cannes, Best of Show at One Show, and the Grandy at the ANDYs. I guess that makes him really, really, really nice,” DDB North America chief creative officer Ari Weiss said in a statement.

“DDB is one of the great iconic agency brands and I’m thrilled to be a part of its resurgence here in San Francisco,” added Wolan.