Droga5 Promotes Casey Rand and Karen Land Short to Executive Creative Directors

By Patrick Coffee 

Meet the two newest members of Droga5’s creative leadership.

The agency promoted Casey Rand (portfolio here) and Karen Land Short (portfolio here) from group creative directors to ECDs, effective immediately. They now join the team led by recently-appointed CCO Neil Heymann.

“Casey and Karen are among our absolute best and brightest,” said Heymann. “Their sharp minds and exceptional talents have led to some of this agency’s most powerful work. They’re strong leaders with a conscience, compelled to use their considerable powers to help causes they believe in. We’re lucky to continue to have their influence at the highest levels of the Creative Department and the agency.”


These two creative veterans, who joined the agency in 2013 and 2012, respectively, have since worked on some of its most notable projects such as Under Armour’s “I Will What I Want” in addition to campaigns from Chase, the Clinton Foundation, YMCA, CoverGirl and more.

They also shared Cannes Lions’ first Glass Lion in 2015 for the National Women’s Law Center’s “The Equal Payback Project.”

“I’ve grown up at Droga5 and couldn’t be happier to help lead the agency that’s pushed me to find my voice as a writer, mentor and manager,” said Rand, who was formerly with Silver + Partners and BBDO. “There’s no place with better opportunities, nicer people and more creative ambition on the planet. I promise to wield my new powers for good and also buy a nicer blazer.”

Karen Land Short added, “After seven years at Droga5, I’m fully indoctrinated into the David and Neil school of thought that we can do anything we set our mind to and that we can use our platform for good. I’m thrilled to help continue to grow the agency, keeping experimentation, creativity and an obsession with humanity at its core.”

Droga5 has made some key hires and picked up new business over the past month, most significantly winning the Harley-Davidson review and re-hiring Sean Lackey as chief marketing officer after Chris Wollen departed for e-car company Rivian.