R/GA Austin Expands With 8 New Hires

By Erik Oster 

R/GA recently grew its Austin office with eight recent hires.

The office, which now employs a team of 45, services clients including Mercedes Benz, Sonic Drive-In,Verizon B2B, Crocs,  Smartfood, Red Rock Deli, RaceTrac and Newgistics.

“R/GA Austin’s strength stems from the fusion of smart, cross-functional talent, our collaboration across the agency’s global network, and our ability to draw inspiration from the Austin community,” vice president, R/GA Austin managing director Candice Hahn said in a statement. “I’m proud we’ve built such a strong, diverse team who helps our clients innovate and grow in today’s connected world.”


Senior copywriter Devin Brown and his creative partner, senior art director Miles Gilbert arrive from T3 Austin. Prior to T3, Brown worked with agencies including 360i New York and JWT Australia. Gilbert’s prior agency experience includes stints at BBDO and Ogilvy & Mather New York.

Juan Pedro Gonzalez joins the agency as a design director, tasked with providing integrated creative and UX design strategy and implementation across the agency’s client roster. His prior experience includes Y&R and LatinWorks.

Jess Jabbar will lead the office’s production team as group production director. She previously led production on the Samsung and Mercedes-Benz accounts for R/GA’s New York office.

Group director, connections strategy Brian Nguyen also arrives from R/GA’s New York office. In addition to his role for the office, he will also contribute to R/GA’s global connections team.

Carlos Orozco arrives as account director, overseeing brands seeking digital transformation, following roles at Adaptdev, Northern-Southern, SpringBox and Apple, in Austin and Dell in London.

Management supervisor Charlotte Robertson arrives following a stint as senior marketing lead at Electronic Arts. She will serve as a member of the office’s client services team and a strategic partner clients.

Creative director TJ Walthall arrives from R/GA’s Los Angeles office. His prior agency experience includes roles at Anomaly, and 72andSunny in Los Angeles,  and W+K, Arnold, R/GA, BBDO and Ogilvy & Mather in New York.