Arnold Adds Swanson as Managing Partner

CHICAGO Arnold Worldwide has named Steve Swanson managing partner and chief marketing officer of its St. Louis office.

Swanson, most recently executive vice president and client service director at McClain Finlon in Denver, will lead the shop’s new business efforts and will also service the agency’s core Brown-Foreman account, which includes the Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort and Woodford Reserve brands. Swanson will report to Arnold Worldwide president Fran Kelly.

In addition, Swanson and Arnold St. Louis executive creative director Mark Ray have been added to the Havas agency’s domestic operating board.

“Arnold is committed to offering clients outstanding creative capabilities and leading edge integrated capabilities in every office, and Steve brings more than 20 years experience developing, selling and sustaining fully integrated marketing programs,” Kelly said in a statement. “We are thrilled to welcome Steve to the family and we are excited to have Mark and Steve join the domestic operating board. We believe they’ll make a great Arnold leadership team.”

Prior to working at McClain Finlon, Swanson was a worldwide account director at DDB Worldwide in New York. In addition to working on accounts such as Amana, Amtrak and Hershey Foods, Swanson handled the Mobil Corp. account domestically and internationally.