RAPP Worldwide, a global creative agency that builds direct, meaningful and high-value relationships between brands and people, and part of Omnicom’s DAS Group of Companies, has promoted Hamish McCollester and Dave Scott to the role of Senior Vice President Group Creative Directors in the RAPP LA office. The move makes the seasoned team the co-leads of LA’s creative department.
The announcement comes nearly four months after the departure of former Executive Creative Director, Nick Platt, and it ends the search that had been underway to find a replacement for the role. “We interviewed several external candidates,” said RAPP LA President, John Wells. “And we had conversations with Dave and Hamish. In the end, it was clear that the best solution and talent was already right here in the building.”
McCollester and Scott each have over 25 years of experience. McCollester has worked at major agencies in both New York and Los Angeles, while Scott brings an international perspective with a résumé that includes stints in the UK, Australia, and Asia. Both have previously run creative departments at other agency offices. And each has major awards and key contributions to new-business wins under their belt.
While McCollester has been with RAPP for five years, Scott has been in the office for just five months. “There was a lot of serendipity in the timing of Dave’s arrival. Not only did his deep art direction pedigree instantly fit the agency’s needs, especially on our Toyota business,” said McCollester, who has a writing background. “But we also instantly clicked as both creative and management partners.”
“Hamish knows the ropes at RAPP,” said Scott. “He’s seen a lot of change and knows the team and the clients already, which frees me up to offer a different perspective on how we do things. It feels like a very complimentary partnership, there’s no competition between us; just a combined will to do great work.”
That spirit of considerate collaboration has long been a foundational element of RAPP’s culture. “In the past few months, I’ve already seen how well these two work together,” said Wells. “I know the agency is going to benefit from having their complimentary perspectives at the creative helm. Plus, I really like the message that this move sends out to the world. RAPP LA is serious about producing great, innovative creative work for our clients.”