Ban Fills CD Post at Boelter + Lincoln

CHICAGO Boelter + Lincoln has promoted four-year agency veteran Joe Ban to creative director, a position that has been vacant for the past two years, according to the shop.

Ban, 35, will oversee the Milwaukee shop’s staff of nine creatives, a job he previously shared as one of three associate creative directors. The other associate creative directors, Rick Lagan and Michael Stodola, remain with the agency.

The independent agency has been without a sole creative leader since partner Ken Young left about two years ago, an agency representative said.

Prior to joining B+L in December 1999, Ban worked in various capacities at independent BVK/McDonald (now BVK) in Milwaukee. A copywriter, he also has worked as a producer.

While the agency considered outside candidates for the creative director’s role, executives also evaluated current staff members and Ban rose to the fore for his “creative ability, good leadership and management abilities,” said Andy Larsen, vice president and director of public relations at the shop.

Ban, in a statement, said one of his top priorities is to develop the shop’s interactive division.