The Mill Names Josh Mandel Managing Director of LA Office

By Minda Smiley 

Creative technology and visual effects studio The Mill has hired Josh Mandel to serve as managing director and president of its LA office.

Mandel previously served as svp of client solutions at Essence, a global data and measurement-driven media agency that’s part of GroupM.

He brings more than two decades of experience to the role. Throughout his career, he has held leadership roles at Wieden + Kennedy, Nike, 72andSunny and R/GA.


“A recurrent theme in Josh’s background is his association with great creative work, his business development acumen and breadth of strategic experience; skills that will provide the vision to execute world-class work and enhance our culture of excellence,” Robin Shenfield, The Mill’s CEO and co-founder, said in a statement. “Josh’s collaborative personality is well-suited to The Mill and we all look forward to working with him.”

Of his appointment, Mandel said: “I’ve had the good fortune to have previously worked with The Mill on industry-defining work while on the agency side and am beyond excited as we forge ahead with new technologies and the stories they can unleash.”

Earlier this year, The Mill LA named Joseph Bell its general manager.