Corbis Taps Former Y&R ECD for Senior Post

NEW YORK Ross Sutherland, a former executive creative director at Young & Rubicam in New York, has joined Bill Gates’ Corbis in the new position of chief creative officer.

Sutherland, 55, will be based in New York and report to Gary Shenk, svp of images at Corbis. He is charged with leading a global creative team and growing, archiving and managing the company’s photography collection.

During his more than 25 years in advertising, Sutherland, an art director by trade, has worked on brands such as Jaguar, Sony Electronics, AT&T and Chevron. He spent the bulk of his career at WPP Group’s Ogilvy & Mather before joining Y&R in 1999. He left Y&R in January and Corbis named him CCO last Friday.

“Ross has been one of the top art directors in the advertising business for many years and he is uniquely qualified to fill this position,” said Shenk. “He has the creative firepower and global experience to help move Corbis even further out in front of the $2 billion digital image market.”

Sutherland described his new job as a “completely refreshing change of pace for me,” though it plays to his reputation as a creative director. “I’ve always been fighting for superior imagery,” he said. “This is an awesome job.”

Corbis, which competes with Getty Images, is headquartered in Seattle but has 20 offices and more than 1,000 employees in North America, Europe and Asia.