Graves Joins Team One

LOS ANGELES Team One has hired Chris Graves as executive creative director, filling a post that was vacated in January by Tom Cordner, the agency confirmed.

Graves has been with Omnicom’s TBWA\Chiat\Day in Playa del Rey, Calif., where he was a creative director on the Nissan and Infiniti accounts.

Graves joins Team One, a division of Publicis Groupe’s Saatchi & Saatchi, on June 15. He will oversee 50 creatives, reporting to both Team One CEO Brian Sheehan and to Bob Isherwood, worldwide creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi in New York.

“Chris brings a combination of world-class creative ideas across a broad spectrum of consumer categories and deep, award-winning experience in automotive advertising,” said Sheehan.

James Dalthorp, a group creative director on the national Lexus account at Team One, had served as interim ECD after Cordner departed for a post as ECD and worldwide creative director on Ford at J. Walter Thompson in Detroit. Lexus spent $225 million on ads last year, per TNS Media Intelligence/CMR.

Graves, who has been with TBWA\C\D for 10 years and also had a stint at the agency’s New York office, has also worked on accounts such as Reebok, Sony Playstation and Energizer. He began his career at Ogilvy & Mather in New York, where his accounts included American Express and Seagrams.