3 Advance at DDB in Chicago

CHICAGO Omnicom Group’s DDB here has named three managing directors to assist in running the agency. Among them is a managing director of creative, who will assume the duties of the vacant chief creative officer position.

Group creative director Paul Tilley has been named managing director of creative, overseeing the agency’s creative and production staff. Tilley, 39, has previously led creative on the agency’s McDonald’s account, as well as assisting on new business.

James Lou, 37, who joined the agency as director of account planning last year, will become managing director of strategy, overseeing the shop’s planning department. Worldwide account director Don Hoffman was promoted to managing director of accounts, supervising the agency’s account management staffs.

Though Tilley’s position essentially takes over the duties previously handled by former chief creative officer Mike Folino, he said the promotion structure is “bigger than the one position.”

“Not only are we managing staff, we’re also providing direction,” Tilley said. “Our focus is on growing the agency and making sure we’re serving our clients as best we can. We’re holding everyone accountable for that.”

All three managing directors will report to DDB Chicago president and CEO Dana Anderson.

“These three individuals will help us guide DDB Chicago into a very exciting future with a clear focus on how we will lead—not follow—in this industry to benefit our clients,” Anderson said in a statement. “I am fortunate to partner with such energetic, determined, insightful leaders.”

DDB has recently been weathering some tough times, including losing the creative portion J.C. Penney’s $430 million account, Dell’s consumer advertising and direct marketing duties for Home Depot. (The shop did win creative duties on Safeway’s $250 million account last month, however.)

In addition, chief creative officer Mike Folino left the shop in July after less than a year on the job to return to independent agency Wieden + Kennedy, where he spent an earlier portion of his career.