New CDs for 2 Shops

Two of the region’s fastest growing mid-sized agencies last week made changes in their creative leadership.

Mike Connell took over the creative reigns at Philip Johnson Associates, Cambridge, Mass. Connell’s former employer, CGN Marketing & Creative Services, Boston, named co-creative director John Migliaccio to take full control of its creative department in the wake of Connell’s departure.

“Personally and professionally, in terms of CGN, I felt I had accomplished everything I set out to accomplish there. It was a great ride,” said Connell, a copywriter, of his five-year tenure at CGN.

At technology-focused Philip Johnson, Connell succeeds vice president Hugh Kennedy as executive creative director. Kennedy is now charged with building an account planning function for the shop.

Migliaccio joined CGN one year ago after stints with McCann-Erickson and Winkler Advertising, both in San Francisco. “[He] has been incredibly valuable to our clients and to the CGN team, managing the development of some of the best work this agency has done since its founding,” said Ken Dec, chief executive of CGN.

Migliaccio, who now holds the title of senior vice president/creative director, said he will strive to maintain recent creative gains made by CGN. He will be assisted in running the creative department by copywriter Jay Courtney and art director Mark Bappe, who have been promoted to associate creative directors.

CGN and Philip Johnson are approximately the same size, each claiming more than $70 million in billings for 2000. Each enjoyed 30- to 35-percent growth last year.

@DaveGian David Gianatasio is a longtime contributor to Adweek, where he has been a writer and editor for two decades. Previously serving as Adweek's New England bureau chief and web editor, he remains based in Boston.