Cimino Leaves DDB, Heads West

LOS ANGELES DDB has no immediate plans to replace vice president, creative director Bill Cimino, who left the shop to join Foote, Cone & Belding as executive creative director of its Southern California office.

Cimino, 42, joins the Irvine, Calif., agency from DDB Chicago, where he spent the last 10 years. His creative credits include the “Great American Heroes” campaign for Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Light. He also has worked with clients such as McDonald’s, Frito-Lay, Discover Card, SC Johnson and General Mills. Prior to DDB, Cimino was a copywriter at Ogilvy & Mather.

“Among Bill’s strengths is his knack for getting inside the heads and hearts of target consumers with irreverent, gently sarcastic humor,” said Jonathan Harries, FCB Worldwide executive creative director, in a statement.

Holland Henton has held the executive creative director’s title at FCB. Henton joined the agency last year from McCann-Erickson in New York. His status at FCB could not immediately be determined.

The Cimino hiring follows other attempts by FCB to strengthen its creative ranks. The agency recently named Michael Prieve and Tom O’Keefe executive creative directors in San Francisco and Chicago, respectively.