Partners + Napier Has Found Its New Managing Director

Matt Dowshen departs Ogilvy & Mather after four years

Partners + Napier in New York has filled its top leadership role with Ogilvy & Mather's Matt Dowshen. 

Dowshen, former managing director, senior partner and director of client services at Ogilvy, will run Partners + Napier's New York office. As managing director, he'll work on current and prospective clients, looking to grow the shop's client roster.

He steps into a role previously filled by Andrea Spiegel, who left the agency.

"For a long time I've had the itch to jump and build something," said Dowshen. "I've been at big network shops for a long time and wanted to work for something that's more like a start up, more entrepreneurial." 

Previously, Dowshen has served as svp at Deutsch and senior partner at JWT. He's worked on brands including Unilever, Kraft and Kodak. 

“I’ve known Matt for a long time. We worked together on the same client while he was at Deutsch, and he was a great competitor,” said Sharon Napier, CEO of Partners + Napier. “I knew he would be the right entrepreneurial leader to help us achieve our vision for New York."

The shift reunites him with his creative partner Jason Marks, who also left Ogilvy for Partners + Napier, serving as executive creative director. The duo was behind Philips Norelco's "I'd FAQ me" campaign, among others. 

Partners + Napier clients include Lufthansa Airlines, AT&T and Green Mountain Coffee.