Jay Benjamin Fills Top Creative Job at Saatchi New York

Shifts from sister shop Leo Burnett

The New York office of Saatchi & Saatchi has filled its top creative role with a leader from sister shop Leo Burnett.

Jay Benjamin, the chief creative officer at Burnett's New York office, assumes the same title at the bigger office of Saatchi, whose top accounts include Procter & Gamble and General Mills. Both agencies are owned by Publicis Groupe.

The hire fills the hole left by the December exit of Con Williamson, who became CCO at Interpublic Group's Erwin Penland in New York. Williamson had held the top creative job at Saatchi for more than three years.

In a statement, Saatchi New York CEO Brent Smart cited Benjamin's varied work for the likes of The Village Voice ("New York Writes Itself") and Canon ("Photochains"). The Voice effort took the form of an off-Broadway play and in 2012 won a gold Lion in Branded Content at Cannes.

Earlier in his career, Benjamin was co-executive creative director of the Sydney, Australia, office of Burnett. He also has worked for Saatchi before, at its offices in Sydney and Auckland, New Zealand. Benjamin starts his new job in two weeks.