Laughlin Constable Names Dan Fietsam as Its New Chief Creative Officer

By Erik Oster 

Full-service Chicago-based independent agency Laughlin Constable hired Dan Fietsam as chief creative officer, effective June 1.

Fietsam joins the agency after leaving his position as executive vice president/executive creative director with FCB Chicago last November.

Since then he led his own creative consultancy, The Fietsam Group, as well as teaching in the graduate program at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Communications. He originally joined FCB Chicago in July of 2014 and worked with such key clients as ABInBev, Boeing, Joe Boxer and Valspar after serving as CCO with Energy BBDO for over five and a half years and leading creative on accounts including Anheuser-Busch, Wrigley, Bayer, SC Johnson, Frito-Lay, Quaker, Pearle Vision and King’s Hawaiian.


He began his career as a junior copywriter with Ogilvy & Mather in 1988 and has held creative positions at Leo Burnett, Y&R, DDB and Publicis Seattle, where he led work on T-Mobile, Washington’s Lottery, RealNetworks and Coinstar.

“We are on a mission to constantly reinvent and push both ourselves and our clients. Dan is the perfect partner to help us deliver on that promise, as he is one of the most recognized and admired creative leaders in the industry,” said Laughlin Constable CEO Mat Lignel. “As importantly, he shares our entrepreneurial DNA and ambition to become one of the most successful independent agencies in the country.”

“I believe we as an industry are moving beyond advertising and more into creative marketing, whatever form that may take,” added Fietsam.

“I was already leaning into a more fluid and entrepreneurial model when I began talking with Mat about the possibility of working together. Being a part of the right team is critical to me. I was drawn to the leadership team and the people that Mat and Steve Laughlin have recruited to the agency.”