FCB Chicago Hires 8 New Creatives Following Recent Business Wins

By Patrick Coffee Comment

The Chicago office of FCB has hired a big group of senior-and-above level creatives after winning some new business and expanding its relationships with other clients.

The most senior new employee is VP, group creative director Julia DeVos, who will oversee all of the office’s healthcare accounts including Allergan, Biovertiv and Janssen. The art director joins IPG after working as director of creative services at Chicago-based retirement living company Enlivant, but she previously held top creative roles at JWT and DDB, among others.

Jon Clarke will work under her as senior copywriter on Invega Trinza, an antipsychotic medication primarily used to treat mood disorders like schizophrenia. He previously held copy roles at mcgarrybowen, Ogilvy, Critical Mass and Epsilon.

The office also recently won retailer Academy Sports + Outdoors and hired new creatives to work on foods giant J.M Smucker. FCB won work on the Big Heart Pet Brands business (Meow Mix, Milk Bone, etc.) in 2015 before Smucker—which sent its digital work to Razorfish Chicago late last year—acquired the company and effectively inherited the FCB relationship as well.

On Smucker, senior copywriter Morgan Richter joins FCB from TracyLocke, where she worked on S.C. Johnson. Former Cramer-Krasselt art director Jaime Flynn and copywriter Jen Stopka have also come to FCB after working on such clients as Porsche, Google, Citibank, Jim Beam, and VISA. Moving forward, they will work across Smucker, Valspar and Academy Sports.

John Potter arrives at FCB after spending time at the Chicago offices of Ogilvy and BBDO. The senior copywriter will be part of the Smucker and Academy teams.

Senior art director Alan Kwon will work on the State Farm account after working as a freelancer; he was formerly art director at the now-deceased Gawker Media.

Finally, FCB hired Salvatore Russomanno as its newest creative director. The Italian native spent several years in Germany with agencies like Jung von Matt before moving to the U.S. in 2015 to work at 360i.

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