Translation Snags Creative Director Thiago Carvalho from DDB New York

By Erik Oster 

Translation hired Thiago Carvalho as creative director. In the new role he will be tasked with leading work across the agency’s client roster, which includes Apple Music, the NBA, State Farm and Kaiser Permanente.

Carvalho arrives at Translation from DDB New York, where he has served as a creative director since September of 2015. While with the agency he worked with brands such as Qualcomm, Play-Doh, Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, HeroVillain (Kobe Bryant) and Cotton. Recently he worked on the agency’s “Get Paid Like A Man” effort for Young Minds for Gender Equality and last month’s “Dream” for Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WCFF). Prior to joining DDB he spent nearly a year with BBDO New York as an associate creative director working on the Campbell’s Soup account. That followed over three years as a senior copywriter with F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi in São Paulo and nearly two years in the same position at Leo Burnett Lisbon. 

“Thiago Carvalho is one of the most talented copywriters in the world,” Translation CCO John Norman said in a statement. “Thiago brings extensive international and big brand experience and will make an immediate impact for our agency and clients.”


“Translation is unparalleled at creating exceptional creative work that leads in culture,” added Carvalho. “I look forward to working with Translation’s team of industry-leading talent to deliver innovative work for its impressive roster of clients.”