gyro, the global ideas shop, has tapped Aaron Stern as executive creative director for its Denver office.
Stern joins gyro Denver at a time of strong growth. The Denver native will work to continue to expand the agency in terms of new business as well as creative excellence.
Stern has a strong history of pitching and winning top clients. Most recently, at TBWA\Chiat\Day, he led the team that pitched and won Accenture. He also worked on other clients including Skittles, Jameson and Vonage. Stern spent two years at the agency as a freelance creative director.
Early in his career, Stern was a writer at Black Rocket, working on Yahoo. Goodby Silverstein and Partners soon tapped him for a senior writing role, which he stayed with until Paul Venables and Greg Bell left to form their shop in 2001. He joined them as associate creative director.
After 10 years in San Francisco, Stern moved to New York to attend New York University’s MFA Writing Program, studying under E.L. Doctorow, Darrin Strauss and others.
He has since been a freelancer at many of the world’s top shops such as BBDO, Deutsch, Ogilvy, Y&R and others.
Stern’s work has won some of the industry’s biggest awards at Cannes, One Show, the Effie Awards, Mercury Awards, Kelley Awards and Communication Arts Annual.
Stern will partner with Denver General Manager Daphne Fink Taber, who said, “gyro Denver continues to expand into new and exciting territories. Aaron will help keep our strong momentum by working hand in hand on both the new business and creative fronts. He has a history of success in both areas. I look forward to the good things to come.”
Stern said, “Even though the rules of advertising are being rewritten almost daily, what remains unchanged is the need to connect with consumers on a real, emotional level. gyro truly understands that, and I'm looking forward to bringing my experience on both coasts to help lead the talented team in Denver.”
“With Aaron joining our team, it proves that gyro has ignition and is attracting top talent in the industry,” said Christoph Becker, global CEO and chief creative officer, gyro. “He comes to Denver at a perfect time. I know he will bring out only the best in our Denver office and our network.”
gyro Denver works with a variety of top accounts including WOW Cable Internet & Phone, Milliken & Co., DCP Midstream and Johns Manville.