Ex-Agency.com Exec Joins R/GA

NEW YORK Yuri Salnikoff, formerly managing partner of Agency.com’s New York office, has joined R/GA.

Salnikoff, 40, will serve as managing director of client services on the Nokia account. It is a newly created position.

At Omnicom Group’s Agency.com, Salnikoff managed the shop’s New York office, working to merge its Web creative and marketing units into an integrated offering. He left in May, replaced by Eric Valk Peterson.

Prior to joining Agency.com in 2001, Salnikoff worked on the client side, including a stint at Colgate-Palmolive as a brand manager.

R/GA has been building its executive ranks as it expands. The New York-based firm now has more than 500 employees. It has expanded from Web design and marketing to add a strategy offering and mobile practice. The shop established a presence in London for European-based accounts like Nokia.