The BAM Connection, the Brooklyn agency launched by former Grey executives CCO Rob Baiocco and CEO Maureen Maldari nearly five years ago, hired Stephen Krauss (pictured, right) as deputy CCO and Anthony DelleCave (pictured, left) as managing director, both newly-created positions at the agency.
Krauss and DelleCave will report directly to Baiocco and Maldari.
Krauss will be tasked with overseeing creative operations across the agency’s client roster. He joins The BAM Connection following around two years as a freelance creative consultant. Before that the spent around a year as CCO for The Wonderful Agency, the in-house agency for The Wonderful Company. Prior to that he spent over thirteen years with Grey New York, where he served as an executive creative director. He also spent over a dozen years with JWT New York. Over the course of his career, he has worked with clients including Malibu Rum, E*Trade and Canon, as well as helping Grey win the Gillette account. His work has been earned recognition including Cannes Lions, an Emmy and Clio, while his work on Canon was shortlisted at the Academy Awards.
“This is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime chance to help further build and grow an independent agency with founders and dear friends who I love and admire,” Krauss said. “There’s a big opportunity here to elevate the agency’s creativity and grow it into a powerful force within the industry.”
DelleCave is tasked with leading business operations, including new business pursuits. He joins the agency from PureRED in Princeton, New Jersey, where he served as a group account director across brands including Allegra, Nasacort, vitafusion, New Jersey Lottery and Rolaids. His other agency experience includes stints at Havas and Anderson DDB Health & Lifestyle. He also spent five years client-side at GSK, leading strategy and creative development of integrated marketing programs for its leading denture brand as global brand communications director, dental care future team.
“We are thrilled to announce the additions of two incredible talents to the ranks of our management team,” Maldari. “We believe the combination of these dynamic professionals will deliver business building results with extraordinary creative firepower.”