Goodby, Silverstein Welcomes Eric Kallman With Dove Sketches Parody

Drawing the perfect creative director

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Eric Kallman, the award-winning creative director who helped make Old Spice's "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like," Ragù's "Long Day of Childhood" and some of the classic Skittles commercials, is joining Goodby, Silverstein & Partners as a creative director and associate partner. He starts March 3.

To welcome him, the San Francisco agency whipped up the pretty hilarious Dove "Real Beauty Sketches" parody below, starring Jeff Goodby, Rich Silverstein and Margaret Johnson. (In fact, the Kallman sketch was done by Grace Diebel, the woman who beat out 4,500 other applicants to become Silverstein's assistant last fall.)

Kallman was most recently executive creative director and partner at Barton F. Graf 9000 in New York. He left that agency in November. Before that, he was at Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Ore. He started his career at TBWA\Chiat\Day in New York.

At GSP, he will work on the Sonic Drive-In and California Milk Processor Board ("Got milk?") accounts and help to lead various new-business pitches.

"I honestly can't wait to get started," said Kallman. "I'm originally from the Bay Area, so it will be good to be back home. But, corny as it sounds, I'm also just really excited to start working with the team at GSP."

"I think Eric will be an inspiration to our clients, to our people and, frankly, to me," said co-chairman Jeff Goodby. "I'm looking forward to watching how he sells such challenging, distinctive work."

"We have always believed that humor is the democratic language for the world, and nobody does it better than Eric," added co-chairman Rich Silverstein.

@nudd Tim Nudd is a former creative editor of Adweek.