Mower Hires Gyro, JWT Vet as CCO

By Erik Oster 

Mower, a marketing, advertising and PR agency with nine offices across the U.S., hired Doug Kamp as its new chief creative officer.

He will lead creative across the offices and be based out of Chicago.

“No matter what other issues swirl about in our always changing industry, engaging and compelling creative is something that all clients demand,” Mower chairman and CEO Eric Mower said in a statement. “Creativity will always be how agencies distinguish themselves from the competition. And throughout his career, Doug Kamp has led highly recognized and awarded creative teams in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing. We’re excited to have his leadership at Mower.”


Kamp arrives at Mower from Gyro, where he spent over a decade and served as executive creative director, arriving as the agency around when it was founded.

“It was a rare opportunity to help define and create a modern agency almost from day one,” he told AgencySpy. “While most people know gyro now for its creative reputation, that creative reputation didn’t really exist at the start. But the CEO gave me, and a few leaders, unprecedented support to bring in the talent and strategy and create the processes. And, most importantly, to mold and nurture the people and culture in a very human way. I’m very proud of what I was able to help build and create with my team and my clients.”

Kamp began his career as a junior art director at DMB&B and then spent three years as an art director at TBWA. Beginning in 1994, he spent nine years at JWT, serving as a creative director at the agency’s New York and Chicago offices during that time.

From there, he spent over five years as svp, group creative director at Bagby and Company before joining gyro. Over the course of his career, he has led creative for clients including Aflac, John Deere, Miller Brewing, Samsung, Sony, Tag Heuer, USG and Yum Brands.

He cited the “independent, entrepreneurial soul of the agency and the opportunity to help build and nurture the organization,” along with agency culture and its “unconventional creative ideas,” as attracting him to Mower.

“My goal is to help guide and build a culture where people feel inspired to create, entrepreneurially brave enough to be unconventional, and collaborative across every interaction. To be a magnet for talent, clients, and innovation,” Kamp said. “There are very few companies with the independence, breadth of talent, and capabilities poised to create the experiences and ideas we are determined to bring to life.”