After another non-stop week in the agencies world, this roundup includes impressive roster additions, well-deserved promotions and eye-catching growth at agencies around the world. Let’s see who switched up their rosters this week.
Director Na (they/them) has joined Black-owned production company Alfredo Films’ roster for Canadian representation. Most recently having worked on the MasterCard ‘True NameTM’ campaign to promote Canada’s first credit card that enables transgender and nonbinary consumers to use their chosen name without a legal name change, Na is known for a career dedicated to giving back to underrepresented communities like LGBTQ+ and BIPOC.
Jennifer Gaida joined Apache as a colorist. Gaida has worked on color grading video campaigns for notable brands including Walmart, Toyota, Rare Beauty and La Mer, and will work to break gender barriers in film at Apache.
Alto named Shannon Coletti as group brand director, an appointment aligned with the agency’s consistent growth following recent awards incluing a NY Emmy, Tribeca Film Festival Shortlist and Webby all last year. Coletti will build upon the agency’s ability to connect with clients through strategic and creative thinking.
Augustine Agency promoted a veteran of 10 years at the company, Lindsay Moore, to vice president, managing director. Having started as a public relations manager and quickly climbing to her most recent position as director of client services, Moore has worked with clients across industries including travel, tourism and hospitality, shopper marketing and foodservice.
Following a significant period of growth for the agency, Chris Chalk is joining BBH Singapore as its chief strategy officer. Chalk is an industry veteran with 30 years of experience working at companies including Chiel, Saatchi & Saatchi and IPG MullenLowe.
Believe Media signed Bola Ogun, award-winning director, actress and writer, to its commercial directing roster. Ogun is a first generation Nigerian-American filmmaker who had her directorial debuted on television with Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar.
Video technology company for publishers and advertisers, Connatix, made two senior hires and executed on leadership promotions across its sales, culture, product and marketing teams. Deborah Hankin joins as global chief people officer, where she will oversee HR and employee experience. Brady Jones joins as VP of North America business development.
Cristofer Peterson, previously the senior vice president of people and culture at Dagger, has been promoted to the agency’s first-ever chief people officer. Peterson will work alongside C-suite colleagues Missy Taylor and Al Patton to continue driving best-in-class culture.
Jerry Buhlmann is joining Dept as a non-executive chairman. Previously the CEO of Dentsu Augeis Network, Bulhmann will work alongside Dept Global CEO Dimi Albers to support the agency’s continued growth and global expansion.
Product and platform-development company Double Nines made two hires to help support its recent growth. Scott Potter is joining as head of product, and Scott Kosman is joining as engineering director.
Employee-owned advertising agency Drake Cooper appointed Mindy Stomp as its co-president and general manager. Stomp will lead the agency’s client engagement and development, business operations and new business development.
Chirag Gandhi is joining customer and employee experience solutions consultancy McorpCX as its chief technical officer. He’ll work to lead the company’s digital solutions business, develop and execute on strategic vision and expand the company’s technical capabilities.
Ogilvy promoted Tope Ajala from global director of DE&I to global head of DE&I. Ajala, who joined the company in June 2021, will partner with cross-company leaders to develop and evolve practices, policies and programs to empower a strong culture of belonging.
PMI Digital hired Damien Christian D’Amico as its creative director, where he will lead the expansion of the agency’s west coast office and creative team. D’Amico is an award-winning creative director with over 16 years of experience, and has worked with brands including Microsoft, Ford, Hulu and Taco Bell.
Zoé Salicrup Junco is joining Brooklyn-based production and entertainment company Public Record’s roster for her first official U.S. commercial representation. A film and commercial director, Salicrup Junco has worked on projects that captured the attention of Sony, Herschel and American Girl, as well as film festivals like Tribeca, HBO NY Latino Film Festival and Urbanworld.
Shine Talent Group
Shine Talent Group just grew its U.S. and Canada teams with two senior hires. Shaneel Anjum will serve as head of talent, and will manage and oversee the Canadian Market. Sarah Hickam will do the same as head of talent in the US.
The Basement expanded its roster across the agency with nine new hires to support business expansion and a growing clientele. Kyle Wolf now serves as associate director of public relations, Molly Alderson as senior account executive, Grant Gramman as account manager, Katie Utken as account executive, Ana Cornett as account executive, Grace Rinehart as manager of client services operations, Nick Merlina as campaign coordinator, Erica Magee as campaign coordinator and Mariah Bainter as account coordinator.
The Distillery Project
The Distillery Project, a Chicago-based creative and strategic agency, hired Julia Oher as its strategy director, where she will lead accounts in the retail and financial services sectors and work on new business development.
The&Partnership and mSix&Partners
Sophie Mangnall is joining The&Partnership and mSix&Partners as global head of sustainability. Previously the leader of Wavemaker’s environmental taskforce, ‘Greenmakers,’ Mangnall will build sustainability efforts at a group level across creative and media work.
Fábia Juliasz is joining VMLY&R as its region chief data and knowledge officer for Latin America, as well as CEO of Marketdata, the global data services company under VMLY&R Commerce headquartered in Brazil. Juliasz will work to expand Marketdata’s specialized technology and data capabilities to clients.
Wellcom U.S. brought on key hires to support the launch of its New York City headquarters. Otilio Soto is joining as creative director, Valerie Anderson as chief content officer and Doug Guttenberg as managing director.