DDB San Francisco Welcomes EVB, Y&R Vet as Head of Talent

By Erik Oster 

DDB San Francisco hired Whitney Ball as vice president, head of talent, effective immediately.

In the role, Ball will be tasked with leading the agency’s recruitment, human resources,  talent operations, and culture development efforts while reporting to DDB San Francisco chief operations officer Valerie Bengoa.

Ball joins DDB San Francisco following over four years as vice president, human resources for EVB while also serving as a senior level human resources consultant. She arrives at the agency with over 20 years of executive human resources experience, including as director of human resources at Y&R. Her hire follows the arrival of executive creative director Ben Wolan back in January.


“With the recent momentum in San Francisco, finding and nurturing the best talent is at the core of our proposition and is fundamental to future growth,” DDB North America chief people officer Britt Hayes said in a statement. “Whitney’s experience, connections, and reputation are unmatched in the Bay Area, and in turn position DDB well in one of the most competitive and unique talent markets.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining DDB San Francisco and to be a part of this incredible legacy brand, and broad network of talent,” Ball added.