Ken Erke to Lead Cramer-Krasselt Chicago Creative

By Patrick Coffee 

Ken ErkeCramer-Krasselt’s Chicago office has named Ken Erke to lead its creative department.

The new position marks a return home of sorts for Chicago native Erke, who served as group creative director at Cramer-Krasselt in 2006 before leaving for an ECD position at Y&R Chicago, where he eventually advanced to the chief creative officer role.

At Y&R, Erke helped win various pitches including Double Tree and while working on award-winning campaigns for Sears, The National Parks, and more. He moved to R/GA in October 2010 after spending more than three years with the Y&R organization; the agency hired him, along with fellow ECD Matt Marcus, to help build out a Windy City office that had just over a dozen employees at the time.

Erke replaces former SVP/ECD Derek Green, who left the agency in December and returned to his native Australia; he now serves as ECD at Ogilvy’s Sydney office. He will report to Vice Chairman/CCO Marshall Ross.

Accounts led by Erke will include Corona. In case you missed it, Cramer-Krasselt survived the October pruning in which the beer-maker’s parent company parted ways with GS&P and Constellation.