JWT Taps Steward Executive CD

J. Walter Thompson has promoted Gregg Steward to senior partner and executive creative director.

Steward, whose creative credits include work for Home Depot, Conoco and Travelocity, has served as interim executive creative director at the Houston office since joining the agency last September.

“My instincts said he filled the bill, and after working with him for a couple months, I realized he’s all that and more,” said JWT general manager Michael McDonald. “He has the big-agency, big-brand and big-client experience to further our growth and guide our talent in all forms of communication.”

Previously, Steward was a creative director at The Richards Group in Dallas. He also worked on the Budweiser account as an associate creative director at D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles in St. Louis.

Steward will help steer creative on one of the largest brand conversions in retail history. JWT’s $15-20 million Shell account involves overseeing the make-over of more than 13,000 Texaco gas stations as Shell outlets.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but I never would have taken the job if it weren’t for the people and resources already here,” Steward said.

Since adding Shell as a client less than three years ago, JWT in Houston has grown from a six-person field office to a full-service agency with 75 employees.