Republica Havas Poaches Pair of Executive Creative Directors From David Miami

By Erik Oster Comment

The trend of David Miami losing creative talent to rival agencies continues, only this time it’s Republica Havas who hired talent away from the Ogilvy-owned shop.

Republica Havas hired Jason Wolske (pictured, left) and Danny Alvarez (pictured, right) as executive creative directors, effective immediately. Alvarez and Wolske will be based out of Republica Havas’ Miami headquarters and report directly to co-founder, president and CCO Luis Casamayor (pictured, center).

“Jason and Danny have proven to be fearless proponents of transformative creativity,” said Casamayor said in a statement. “Bringing in senior creative leadership that understands the importance of meaningful, culturally relevant work was paramount.”

Alvarez and Wolske were promoted to group creative director roles at David Miami in March of 2018 after three years as associate creative directors, in the wake of the departures of co-founders and CCOs Anselmo Ramos and Gaston Bigio, who went on to found Gut. Over the course of the past year they have helped David Miami go on to craft a trio of Super Bowl ads and rack up a series of Cannes Lions wins. Alvarez and Wolske are industry veterans of around 15 years and collectively have worked at agencies including BBDO, CP+B, Deutsch, TBWA\Chiat\Day and Wieden+Kennedy.

“With Jason and Danny joining the family, we will continue to elevate the top-level creative product that both our clients and the industry have come to expect from us,” Republica Havas co-founder, chairman and CEO Jorge A. Plasencia said in a statement. “They will be a great addition to Republica Havas and to our executive leadership team.”

Havas invested in Miami multucultural agency Republica last September to create Republica Havas.

Alvarez and Wolske are the latest in a recent string of creative departures for David Miami. Two of its most awarded executive creative directors Ricardo Casal and Juan Javier Peña Plaza joined Gut last month after leaving David earlier this year, and Carmen Rodriguez, David’s head of account management, joined Gut as a partner and Ramos and Bigio’s agency’s first chief client officer. This summer, David Miami managing director and global chief operating officer Paulo Fogaca left the agency to join Gut and Ignacio Ferioli and Joaquín Cubria left David to join Gut as partners and chief creative officers in Argentina.

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