This week closes out with a number of creative team expansions, in-house promotions and a few people returning to old turf. Dive in to see whose agency rosters got the biggest bumps this week.
Across the Pond
Lana Olmer was appointed both account director and the U.S. diversity, equity and inclusion lead at Across the Pond. Olmer will work with brands including Google, Lendlease and Coinbase to aid them in creating a better world, while also consistently improving upon the agency’s DEI action plan.
Software development and technology consultancy Alloy Digital brought on Ushma Patel as group account director. Previously in client partnership at Ansira, Patel will oversee client interactions, focusing on relationship development and critical thinking with clients like JM&A and Nucor.
Atlantic New York
Independent creative agency Atlantic New York welcomed Suzanne Barbaso as its new managing director. With over 15 years of industry experience, Barbaso will work alongside agency co-founders João Coutinho and Marco Pupo to serve brands including Yahoo, Twitter and Prime Video.
Melissa Macarian and Julie Blakley were welcomed by Barrett as creative directors. Macarian, previously creative director at Camp+King, will oversee the Activision and Chime accounts, as well as new business. Blakley, previously at Doremus, will oversee the Sutter Health, eBay and Bit.ly accounts, as well as new business.
Christina Cooksey was hired as growth and transformation company Butchershop Global’s first vice president of content. Coming from her previous role as head of content and campaigns at Red Antler, where she worked with clients like Hinge, Prose and Jellysmack, Cooksey will expand the branded content practice for the company.
Brian Stanley was hired by Cut+Run as executive producer, San Francisco. A veteran of the San Francisco advertising community, Stanley has worked with agencies including Venables Bell & Partners, Heat, Pereira O’Dell and Goodby Silverstein & Partners—as well as brands including Facebook, Microsoft, Square and Apple.
Upon the opening of its new office in New York, David announced the roster of its new creative team for the location. Linus Oura joins as creative director, Guilherme Pinheiro as associate creative director, Luiza Prata Carvalho as managing director and André Toledo as chief creative officer.
Shannon Riggs was named a managing partner of Finn Partners’ pacific Northwest strategic communications business unit. In this role, Riggs will work to ensure the next period of leadership and services honor the standard and exceed projected growth of the agency.
Public relations and integrated marketing agency French/West/Vaughan brought on five new key hires to support creative, social media and public relations offerings. Stephanie Post joined as art director, Bri Labbate as social media manager, Camille Nesi as social media specialist and Anne Bowers and Jilly Kuehn as account executives.
Dr. Brian Dashew was named the head of learning and development for North America at GroupM University, the new learning and development hub dedicated to the agency’s employee growth. Dr. Dashew will lead, design and execute on learning experiences and professional development curriculum.
Matthew Beck was appointed vice president of partnerships at Nano Interactive, a privacy-first ad targeting solutions company. In this role, Beck will lead efforts to expand on SSP, DSP and publisher partnerships.
Pernod Ricard USA
Global spirits and wine company Pernod Ricard USA chose Kathryn Brown as its new head of content strategy and activation. Brown will lead The Mix, the company’s in-house creative agency—and aim to accelerate omnichannel personalization at scale, as well as increase built-for-platform content across consumer touchpoints.
RSA and Black Dog Films once again welcomed industry pioneer and filmmaker Jonas Åkerlund for U.S. representation. With his most recent project being Netflix series “Clark,” Åkerlund has worked with brands including Lexus, Target, Cadillac, Calvin Klein and won over 20 MTV VMA awards.
Sibling Rivalry Films welcomed director Nick Jasenovec to its roster. Having recently won the Waldo Salt screenwriting award at the Sundance film festival for his debut feature “Paper Heart,” Jasenovec is already hitting the ground running with his first project at the agency.
Perry Essig joined TBWA\Asia as its new chief creative experience officer, expanding regional brand experience capabilities for the agency. Essig will work alongside the agency’s leadership team to move the agency’s products forward and guide clients as they explore new approaches.
The Brand Agency
The Brandon Agency expanded its creative team with the additions of Kaitlyn Allison, Aaron Carter, Kelli Woodell and Anabella Ortiz. Allison joins as associate creative director, Carter as senior copywriter, Woodell as art director and designer and Ortiz as designer.
Rosie Garschina was welcomed back at New York-based branding and design studio Trollbäck+Company as executive creative director. Previously at the agency from 2012 to 2018, Garschina spent a few years gaining experience at Sibling Rivalry and Interbrand NY.
VaynerMedia brought on Nadia Kamran as the executive creative director as its New York brand. Coming from her previous role as evp, executive creative director at MRM, Kamran will oversee creative initiatives across the agency’s client portfolio.
Kaleeta McDade was welcomed at VMLY&R as chief experience design officer in North America, working alongside colleague Eric Looney. In this role, McDade will bridge creative storytelling, technology, design and user experience fro clients like Ford, Colgate and Walgreens.
Global brand consultancy Wolff Olins boosted its creative team with the hire of Thomas Wilder, who is joining as global principal for designer. Wilder will work with agency creative leaders Jan Eumann, Emma Barratt and Wayne Deakin to form the core global creative council, leading clients and overseeing teams worldwide.