Grupo Gallegos of Huntington Beach, California is expanding its executive leadership team with the creation of two new positions. Dave Damman will be chief creative officer and co-president with Andrew Delbridge–currently chief strategy and engagement officer–also taking up the co-president position in addition to his other titles. Damman, who currently serves as interim global executive creative director for Commonwealth IPG, working on the Chevrolet account, will begin his new role on July 18 while Delbridge will assume co-president duties immediately.
Prior to joining Commonwealth IPG, Damman served as CCO, managing partner at Carmichael Lynch for nearly four and a half years. The release says he helped launched the agency’s creative incubator program, Carmichael Collective, before leaving last July. He previously worked as an executive creative director with Fallon.
Delbridge joined Grupo Gallegos as chief strategy and engagement officer back in November of 2012 following twelve years with McKinney as a partner and chief strategy officer. While with McKinney, he was instrumental in building the agency’s strategy offering from scratch. Prior to that he served for two years as CEO of Publicis New Zealand.
“Grupo Gallegos’ new face of leadership is proof that our vision resonates with the top talent in our industry,” said founder and CEO John Gallegos. “The U.S. consumer landscape is changing; we now live in a ‘polycultural’ world, and what’s most important is having the right balance of sensibility and capability to help our clients grow their businesses. Dave and Andrew’s proven track record in both the creative and strategy sides of the business will help us be fearless and focused as our client relationships and assignments continue to evolve.”