Heat Hires Jason Elm as Executive Creative Director

By Erik Oster 

Heat welcomed Jason Elm to its San Francisco office as executive creative director.

“Jason has done the job before and has a very good handle on how to foster the creative culture of an agency. He really gets us and I look forward to him helping lead and shape the kind of work of that makes Heat, Heat,” founder and chief creative officer Steve Stone said in a statement. “More importantly, he’s open and excited to help us define what this crazy new thing with Deloitte will be.”

“Take the creative legacy and stellar culture that’s been long established at Heat then add the horsepower that Deloitte brings — you’ve got a modern, unstoppable mashup of advertising and consulting,” Elm added. “To be chosen to join the San Francisco team in this role, at this time, is an absolute honor.”


Elm joins the agency following over two years as an executive creative director at Barkley in Kansas City and a stint as a freelance creative director and copywriter. Before that he spent fifteen years at Deutsch L.A., including over six and a half years as executive vice president, group creative director. While with Deutsch, he worked with brands including Sony PlayStation, Netflix, Kettle Brand Chips, Emerald Nuts and Pop Secret. He left the agency in June of 2013 to join DDB California as chief creative officer.

Elm’s arrival follows the departure of director of talent Katie Ramp for MUH-TAY-ZIK |HOF-FER last month as the agency adjusts after being acquired by Deloitte Digital in February of 2016.