john staffen

john staffen

Global Creative Director at Arnold Worldwide

New York, United States

My Latest Work



I love what we do.
The ability to work together with smart and creative people on all kinds of issues and problems and affect culture and the world around us turns me on. I have been lucky enough to have spent decades helping transform large brands on a global scale---and believe today more than ever, that clients are looking for an intimate, focused and collaborative environment to harness creativity and communication as a business tool.


People I worked with

Thom Baginski
Arnold Worldwide (NY)
Gary Rozanski
Group Creative Director
Arnold Worldwide (NY)
Lenie Gramovot
Business Director
Arnold Worldwide (NY)
Brad Abrahams
Creative Director
Digital Kitchen
Archie Bell
Account Director
Arnold Worldwide (NY)


Global Creative Director

Arnold Worldwide (NY)
New York, United States
2013 - 2016 (3 years)

Chief Creative Officer/Managing Partner

Arnold Worldwide (NY)
New York, United States
2004 - 2013 (9 years)
Co-managed the the growth of Arnold's New York office from 70 employees to 200, with annual revenue approaching $50 million.

Overall creative responsibilities for accounts including GSK, Hasbro, Timex, Clinique, Alberto-Culver, Unilever, Kohler, McDonald's, Mike's Hard Lemonade and Hershey.

Executive Creative Director

2000 - 2003 (3 years)
Managed all aspects of the New York creative department with direct creative responsibility for accounts including Cigna, ING, The New York Lottery, American Stock Exchange, Georgia-Pacific, Knorr, Merck, J&J, Mobil and Philips Electronics.

Creative Director/Founding Partner

DDB Downtown
1999 - 2000 (1 year)
Worked closely with Tribal, Fathom and other Omnicom DAS units to service conflict and emerging clients like Anheuser-Busch and BestBuy.

Group Creative Director

1998 - 1999 (1 year)
Responsible for the creative management on McDonald's.

Group Creative Director

1992 - 1998 (6 years)
Oversaw a creative group of accounts including the New York Lottery, Michelin, Merck, J&J, Anheuser-Busch, Volkswagen and Mobil.

Executive Creative Director

Ogilvy & Mather
Toronto, Canada
1990 - 1991 (1 year)
Was responsible for the management and output of the creative department for accounts including Dove, American Express and Rogers Communications.

Creative Director

1988 - 1990 (2 years)
Responsible for accounts including NYNEX, Reebok, and American Express.

Art Director

1985 - 1988 (3 years)
Art directed work for accounts including GTE, Volkswagen, NEC and Michelin.


bfa, advertising design

ArtCenter College of Design
1980 - 1984 (4 years)


Mohawk Valley Community College
1978 - 1980 (2 years)

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