Jerry Hoak of Droga5 Joins The Martin Agency as SVP/Group Creative Director

By Erik Oster 

The Martin Agency hired Jerry Hoak as senior vice president and group creative director, working across multiple accounts and on new business. He started the new job last week.

This news marks a homecoming of sorts for the 2005 VCU Brandcenter graduate, who comes to the IPG agency from Droga5. He originally joined Droga5 as an art director back in July of 2011 and went on to collaborate with copywriter Ray Del Savio on Prudential and other accounts. The two discussed the client’s “Day One” campaign in a 2014 Creative Interviews Q&A, with Hoak calling the work “unscripted,  completely genuine, and as far from an ad as anything I’ve ever worked on.”

“From IBM to Prudential to Android, Jerry’s portfolio really demonstrates how brands need to behave today,” The Martin Agency CCO Joe Alexander said in a statement. “The Prudential ‘Day One’ campaign is personally one of my favorites. Maybe because I’m really getting a lot of gray hair  — well — what’s left of my hair.”

Hoak, who was promoted to associate creative director, CD and GCD during his five-year stint at Droga5, has also spent time as an art director at Ogilvy & Mather New York and TAXI New York.