As agencies continue to expand and adjust rapidly to keep up with ever-changing marketing trends, initiatives and channels, new hires and promotions are accelerating each week. Decide for yourself who made the smartest changes to their rosters this week to keep up with the market.
David Diaz joined Alibi Music as its director of marketing, where he will utilize his decades of industry experience to manage day-to-day operations for marketing initiatives, brand image and narrative.
AMV BBDO added four new creative partners to its leadership team. Michael Jones, Thomas Hazledine and Polina Zabrodskaya were promoted to creative director—and Andre Sallowicz, previously at adam&eveDDB, was hired for the same role.
Los Angeles, Toronto and Chicago-based creative agency Battery recently welcomed a dozen new team members across departments, while simultaneously promoting several members of its team. New hires include group creative director Mark Maziarz, associate creative director Carl Larsson, strategy team member Madeleine Reeves, senior brand managers Maddy Guzmán and Jessie Wang, brand director Miranda Curry, brand manager Olivia Weiss, digital producer Melanya Torosyan, senior producer Marco Vidalis, producer Jessica Shephard, operations manager Shane Lay and finance manager Selena Juarez.
Burrell Communications Group
Khair Streeter was named Burrell Communications Group’s new chief creative officer, where he will lead creative teams in developing strategic and impactful work for clients. Streeter comes from his previous position as executive vice president, creative director and head of production at Hill Holiday.
Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners
Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners (BSSP) hired its first director of operations and commercialization, Jennifer Crotteau. Crotteau will work to provide strategic counsel to account teams, aiming to streamline processes to meet client goals and strengthen relationships.
Butter Music and Sound
Dan Zank joined Butter Music and Sound as its executive creative director at the studio’s New York location. Zank is a composer, arranger, jazz piano player and Yessian alum—and will use his film and musical entertainment experience to work with clients like Taco Bell, One Love and Spotify.
Creative agency Cactus named Kelly Rowntree as its new chief strategy officer. Rowntree has worked with clients including Sleep Number, Subaru, Domino’s and Vrbo. In this new role, she will deepen the agency’s focus on driving consumer behavior change for clients.
Diana Bojaj was appointed as Carat’s first U.S. chief media officer to lead product offering, scale capabilities for new and existing clients and oversee strategy, planning, innovation and content. Additionally, Joanna Hawkes was promoted to executive vice president, head of strategy, reporting to Bojaj and will oversee strategy practice and output for clients.
CMI Media Group
CMI Media Group partnered with Compas to launch University Learning Services, a team dedicated to scaling dynamic career pathing and improving client outcomes amid the transition to the remote-first future of work.
Glow hired Jason Sinclair as its first head of strategy. He will head up strategic thought leadership across the entertainment client roster, while also establishing a larger digital presence for the agency. Sinclair brings experience working with top clients including Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, Kimberly Clark and L’Oréal.
Paul Teddy was hired as GR0’s new SEO director. Previously the senior director of SEO at Wpromote, Teddy will now work to lead GR0’s SEO department, manage and streamline operations and strategically scale company growth.
Intersection promoted Jonathan Fuller from his previous position as senior vice president, U.S. head of local sales to chief revenue officer. Additionally, Rob Levine was promoted to vice president, head of national sales, east coast, where he will manage and support national sellers by tapping into long-term industry relationships.
London Alley welcomed Sandy Haddad as its new executive producer. Sandy joins the company from Chromista, where she served as a partner and executive producer.
Mike Davidson joined digital-first marketing and advertising company Media.Monks as head of production. Previously at W+K, GS&P and Leo Burnett, Davidson will work to streamline creative and production for top clients.
Mother welcomed Teri Miller as president and partner of its advertising business in the U.S. The newly created role aims to allow Mother to capitalize on recent growth and creative impact in the market.
Julia Hameed joined Nail Communications as an account associate. Coming from her previous position as account manager at Riddle & Bloom, Hameed will support the team across various clients.
Melanese Richens-Moody joined independent media agency Noble People as its first chief people officer. Following a 40% increase in revenue and 43% increase in staff, Richens-Moody will work to support the growing staff by building out and leading the agency’s new HR department.
Social media first creative agency Nobox hired Rosie Laurence as its new chief client officer. Laurence spent her last five years at Mindshare, working with clients including Netflix, Pepsi and Playstation.
IPG data-driven creative agency Performance Art, expanded its North American creative leadership team with a few new roster updates. Paul Fung and Benson Ngo were named creative directors in New York. Jess Willis joined as group creative director in Toronto.
Data-driven creative community Rapp brought on its first director of DEI, Nicole Simpson, to ensure all employees feel seen, safe and prepared for success. Simpson will also work to ensure client work remains inclusive and equitable, representing the diverse consumer bases companies serve.
Julianna Roppo joined verbal branding and copywriting agency Reed Words as the creative director of its New York City hub. In her new position, she aims to scale the company’s growth and verbal branding across the map.
Cynthia Biamon joined RQ as its new president and COO. Previously co-founder at Appian Way, Biamon will optimize deliverables by leading strategic growth and operations.
Rich Foster joined Snipes as its new chief marketing officer. Coming from his last role as vice president of marketing at Epic Records, where he worked with artists like Giveon, 21 Savage and Rick Ross, Foster will lead the integrated marketing team at Snipes to establish a dynamic position in the sneaker and streetwear marketplace.
Sean McGrath joined Team One, Publicis Groupe’s media, digital and communications agency for premium brands, as its new group account director. McGrath will tap into his experience working with past clients like Anheuser-Busch and Gatorade to manage Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Harman International accounts.
Technicolor creative studio The Mill promoted Misha Stanford-Harris to its vice president of global production. Having originally joined in 2014 as an executive VFX producer, Stanford-Harris scaled her role working with brands like Amazon and Domandnic’s Chemical Brothers.
The New York Times
The New York Times promoted Guy Griggs to vice president of national sales. Griggs joined The Times in 2017—and has since scaled from his initial role as the head of revenue for HelloSociety and Fake Love, both agencies acquired by The Times.
The Social Element
Global social media agency The Social Element expanded its North American senior leadership team with a few key roster switch-ups. Ashley Cooksley was promoted CEO from North American managing director—and Kendall DiBella was promoted from head of accounts to fill Cooksley’s previous position as managing director.
Together Labs hired two new key leaders to its C-suite. Harman Singh, who has 20 years of experience in progressive financial planning and analysis, joined as chief financial officer. Jed Ritchey, who has 25 years of experience in providing legal counsel and support, joined as general counsel.
Wylie Co. welcomed two new members to its Oscar-winning VFX team. Daniel Lang, Sr. Nuke compositor, joined as full-time staff compositor. Bryan Bigler, Unreal Engine artist, joined as a full-time artist on the team.