Ogilvy Chicago Hires ECDs Dave Loew and Jon Wyville Away From Leo Burnett

By Patrick Coffee 

Today the Chicago offices of Ogilvy & Mather announced that two longtime veterans of Leo Burnett would be changing teams to become executive creative directors at Ogilvy.

Copywriter Dave Loew and art director Jon Wyville have been working together for more than 15 years since their paths first crossed at Y&R in the Windy City in 2001.

Their best-known work may have been “Arctic Home,” the 2011 campaign that introduced the world to white soda cans and cemented the polar bear’s status as a Coca-Cola icon. Last year, they also collaborated on a Walking Dead-style zombie short created to promote Brooks running shoes in what was the brand’s first broadcast effort.


But the duo has collectively earned more than 50 Cannes Lions over the past 30 years, and they worked for brands ranging from Miller and Jim Beam to Pfizer, Procter & Gamble and Nascar. In other words, they’ve run the gamut of advertising as we know it.

Moving forward, they will help lead Ogilvy’s U.S. creative efforts.

Here’s the full memo from Joe Sciarrotta and Alfonso Marian, who were named co-CCOs for the U.S. in August.

We are thrilled to announce that multi-award-winning creatives Jon Wyville and Dave Loew have joined Ogilvy USA as executive creative directors, based in Chicago.

This exciting news comes on the heels of an amazing year, with Ogilvy winning multiple awards including the Effie Awards’ Most Effective Agency Network in North America for the sixth year in a row, the Cannes Lions’ North America Regional Network of the Year and the One Show’s Global Network of the Year.

In their new roles, Jon and Dave will work closely with the two of us and the rest of the Ogilvy USA leadership team to ensure we deliver the strongest possible creative work for our clients and drive creative executions across Ogilvy USA.

Here’s a little background on Jon and Dave:

Jon and Dave come from Leo Burnett and have been creative partners for many years, working on projects such as Coca-Cola’s “Small World Machines” and “Arctic Home,” which was the campaign that turned the iconic Coke can white to support World Wildlife Fund’s efforts to protect polar bear habitats.

  • Jon most recently spent 10 years at Leo Burnett as evp and executive creative director, and before that he spent time at Chiat\Day Los Angeles, Y&R Chicago, Fallon Minneapolis and several creative boutiques. Jon has won 25 Cannes Lions, 26 One Show Pencils and 26 Clio Awards for clients such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, BMW, Miller Brewing Company, Brooks Running, Allstate, Kellogg’s, Kraft, General Motors, Procter & Gamble, Nintendo, Jim Beam, Norton Internet Security and Nascar.
  • Dave also most recently spent 10 years at Leo Burnett as evp and executive creative director. As a writer and creative director, Dave’s work has won awards at every major show in the industry, including 21 One Show Pencils and 31 Cannes Lions. Recent creative projects include the “Rule 40” campaign and the branded film The Rundead for Brooks Running. Dave has also helped win multiple pieces of new business, including Jim Beam, Brooks Running, Pfizer, Miller Brewing and Delta Faucet.