Lowe on a Hiring Spree

SAN FRANCISCO-Lowe & Partners’ office here is hiring new executives as it gears up to pursue new business and establish itself as an independent full-service operation.
The office, which has often turned to New York headquarters for support since its founding a year ago, is now ready to be more self-reliant.
Jeremy Thomas has joined as the office’s first planning director. He is an eight-year veteran of Anderson & Lembke, San Francisco, where he held a similar post.
“What attracted me to Lowe is … the opportunity to start something that’s brand new,” said Thomas, whose duties will include overseeing planning for the plum $100 million-plus Sun Microsystems account.
Chris Lydon joins as a senior planner on Oral-B and Eddie Bauer.
She previously worked at Foote, Cone & Belding, San Francisco, in its sports marketing unit. Scott McCloud, who was an account director on Sprint at J. Walter Thompson, San Francisco, joins as a group account director on Sun. Also new are copywriter Joel Barnard, formerly of Citron Haligman Bedecarr Euro RSCG, San Francisco, and art director Thomas Richie.
Separately, Lowe won the estimated $10-15 million account of online car buying service AutoWeb.com, following a review against Butler, Shine & Stern, Sausalito, Calif.; US Web/CKS, Cupertino, Calif.; and Citron. ƒ