Iris Adds New Chief Strategy Officer for Americas, Managing Director in New York

By Erik Oster 

Global creative agency iris Worldwide appointed Mike Giannone as Chief Strategy Officer for the Americas and Marie Davidheiser as managing director of its New York office. 

At iris, Giannone will lead strategy and planning teams across the agency’s New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Sao Paulo offices, and across creative, digital, social, CRM, experiential and content disciplines for the agency’s entire client roster. He arrives at the agency from Grey New York, where he served as group strategy director for the past two years. Prior to Grey he spent just over two years with Innocean, serving as vice president, planning director and working with clients including Hyundai and See’s Candies, as well as working on new business. Before that he spent a little over a year at The Garage Team Mazda as senior vice president, director strategic planning. That followed over three and a half years with Saatchi & Saatchi, working on new business and with clients including Toyota and Square Enix. He has also served in account various account executive and account director roles with Deutsch, TBWA\Chiat\Day and JWT, working with brands including Coors, Apple, adidas, Taco Bell and Domino’s. 

As managing director of iris New York, Davidheiser will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day management of the office, which launched a Super Bowl spot for Jeep in February. She arrives at the agency from Jack Morton Worldwide,  where she most recently served as senior vice president, general manager. Davidheiser originally arrived at Jack Morton back in 2007 as a production designer on the agency’s Verizon account. Three years later she was promoted to vice president, executive producer/director of production. In that position she worked with clients including Samsung, Walmart, Verizon, MasterCard and Kimberly-Clark. Three years later she was promoted to vice president, director of operations, receiving the bump to senior vice president two years after that before being named to her most recent role with Jack Morton as senior vice president, general manager this March. Before joining Jack Morton, Davidheiser spent time as a producer with C2 Creative and a freelance events producer with Todd Street Productions.