Achievers: AdForum’s Roundup of Advertising Industry Career News

by James Thompson

Commonwealth//McCann Taps Ash Far as EVP, Global Director of Strategy and Research 

Commonwealth//McCann, a division of McCann Worldgroup, today announced that Ash Farr has been named EVP, Global Director of Strategy and Research, leading global strategy for the General Motors Chevrolet account. Farr, who has led McCann Australia as National CEO, will be based out of the agency's Detroit headquarters, effective Jan. 1, 2016. More at MarketWatch

Jay Berry Appointed ECD at MUH-TAY-ZIK | HOF-FER 

Full-service ad agency MUH-TAY-ZIK | HOF-FER announced the appointment of Jay Berry as executive creative director. In the position, Berry will work with co-founder, executive creative director John Matejczyk to oversee the creative department. For the full story visit AgencySpy

Kathryn McFarlane Promoted to Creative Director at Team One 

Team One announced the promotion of Kathryn McFarlane from associate creative director to creative director, tasked with leading creative on the global Häagen-Dazs account, while also working on EA and Lexus. McFarlane joined Team One as an associate creative director in April of 2014. Read more at AgencySpy.  

180 Amsterdam Hires Adam Noel as Creative Director 

Following the appointment of New York ECDs Dave Canning and Dan Treichel to 180 Amsterdam at the start of the year, the agency has made its first major creative hire with the engagement of Creative Director Adam Noel.

The hire of the Titanium Lion-winning creative comes on the back of the agency’s recent high profile work for global brands such as ASICS, Qatar Airways, PlayStation, DHL and REPLAY. It represents the first in a series of major new hires as Canning and Treichel seek to assemble a world-leading creative team. For more details visit TheNextGag.  

Lori Dicker Selected as SVP at Walton Isaacson 

Lori Dicker has joined Walton Isaacson as SVP, Digital and Social, effective immediately.

In her new position, Dicker will leverage her vast experience in digital and social to deliver compelling and innovative brand engagement solutions across multiple platforms.

Dicker, who has over 15 years of experience leading strategic digital and social media programs with an extensive background in brand marketing, including CPG, lifestyle, and entertainment, has worked on both the agency and client side where she has collaborated with all practice teams to develop immersive, multi-channel campaigns. Read more at PRNewswire. 

Droga5 London Taps David Kolbusz as CCO 

Droga5 London has appointed David Kolbusz as chief creative officer with him set to adopt the role early in November. Kolbusz joins Droga5 from Wieden + Kennedy, New York, where he currently serves as executive creative director. However he has intimate knowledge of the UK market following a four year spell at BBH from 2010. Read more at TheDrum.  

John Kenny Promoted to CSO at Interpublic Group’s FCB Chicago 

Interpublic Group’s FCB Chicago has promoted John Kenny to chief strategy officer, a post that has been vacant since the departure of Jamie Shuttleworth (for mcgarrybowen) a couple of years ago.

Kenny is a 10-year veteran of the agency who joined Draft about a year before its merger with FCB. Most recently he was executive vice president and head of planning. Read more at MediaPost. 

Diego Medvedocky is Named Vice President, Regional Creative Director of GREY Latin America 

Alain Groenendaal, President and CEO of Grey Latin America, announced today the promotion of Diego Medvedocky to Vice President, Regional Creative Director. Medvedocky will continue his creative leadership of Grey Argentina, splitting his time between the agency and Grey’s 13 offices throughout the region.

“I’m very happy to formalize Diego’s role as leader of Grey’s creative team in the region, given his commitment to and active participation in the network, supporting ideas, proposing new approaches and motivating everyone to be their best. The executive creative directors have received a lot of support from Diego, as he is always ready to help transform a good idea into something brilliant. Furthermore, Diego has unconditionally assumed the ‘Famously Effective’ culture of Grey, which has led an agency that in the past was known as good strategically but without creative shine, to become one of the most creative and innovative agencies in the region, making it in turn more attractive to the best talent,” declared Alain Groenendaal, President and CEO of Grey Latin America. More at AdForum.

Deep Focus Taps Kara O’Neill President to Oversee New York Operations 

Deep Focus, a global digitally-led creative agency, promoted Kara O’Neill from Managing Director to President of the agency’s New York office. Reporting directly to Founder and Chairman Ian Schafer, O’Neill will oversee Deep Focus’ growth and development as the agency continues to expand its capabilities and offerings.

“As a global agency, we are dedicated to applying modern solutions to modern problems that learn from the past, are built for the present, and push the industry and our clients toward the future,” said Schafer. “Kara’s focus on the evolution of our business, experience with some of the world’s best-known brands and passion for a people-first culture will enable us to be an even better Deep Focus.” For the full story, visit DeepFocus. 

Saatchi ECD Peter Moore Smith Takes Director's Position at Aero Film 

Peter Moore Smith--who spent the past four years as executive creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi New York--has embarked on a directorial career, moving over to his first production company roost, Aero Film.

Smith has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising. He had a 15-year tenure at BBDO NY, rising from a budding creative star to senior creative director while working on campaigns for brands such as Pepsi, Visa, GE and FedEx. For more information, visit Shoot. 

Omelet Hires Dan Ruth As Chief Production Officer 

Omelet, the LA-based creative company, announced today that Dan Ruth has been appointed Chief Production Officer. Ruth joins the company after more than four years at 72andSunny, where he served as Executive Producer for Activision and led production on award-winning spots for popular games like Call of Duty, Destiny, and Skylanders. Joining as a key member of the company’s leadership team, Ruth will be responsible for managing and executing major digital, broadcast, and experiential production work for Omelet’s clients while also working with his core team to grow the company’s capabilities for existing clients and future partnerships. Read the full story at PRWeb

Andy Sandoz, Creative Partner at Havas Work Club announced as D&AD President 2015-16  

New D&AD President Andy Sandoz is bringing the future. He isn’t just a disruptive creative partner with big ideas, he’s a sci-fi traveller stuck in the wrong time, working very hard to help us all catch up. His manifesto isn’t about what he can do in a year; he wants us to think of the next 20 years and how we can use creativity to save ourselves.

To say Andy is passionate about the technology is to put it lightly. He declares that the internet is the reason he got into advertising and names Tim Berners-Lee as the person who has most (indirectly at least) influenced his career to date. A voracious reader of sci-fi novels, he embraces the idea of the future and all of its exciting innovations and worries about those that bury their heads in the sand, unwilling to change with the times. For Andy, creativity is what is going to save the world, which is good, because we’re good at creativity. More at AdForum

AdForum Promotes Jamel Nelson to Media Specialist/Assistant Content Manager


Jamel Nelson has been promoted to Media Specialist and Assistant Content Manager at AdForum. Jamel will play an integral role in the development of original online content for and AdForum’s social media channels.

In addition to his technical acumen and considerable advertising industry knowledge, Jamel brings a unique skills set and sensibility to his new responsibilities, where he will – among other duties – interview advertising creatives and professionals about agency life, industry trends, and the latest work that is making the news.

Check out Jamel's interview with Adam Carolla. Full story at AdForum

Peter Ravailhe Tapped as CEO of Mother New York 

Mother New York's new CEO is professional rugby-player-turned-marketing exec Peter Ravailhe. Mr. Ravailhe replaces Andrew Deitchman, who recently left to pursue an opportunity with a media and retail concept. In his new role, Mr. Ravailhe will be responsible for growing the agency through new business and bringing in new disciplines, as well as helping to make the agency more globally minded. Read more at Ad Age

Mullen Lowe President Kristen Cavallo Leaves Post, Stays On Board

Mullen Lowe confirmed that Kristen Cavallo, who ascended to the title of president at the agency’s Boston office in 2014, will step down from her position next month. The given reason for her departure is unspecified family obligations that prevented her from permanently relocating from her home in Richmond, Virginia to Boston. For more details, visit AgencySpy

Grant Holland Joins Omelet as CCO

Omelet (, an LA-based creative company, today announced that Grant Holland has joined its team as Chief Creative Officer. As a key addition to its senior leadership team, Holland will help lead and shape the company’s creative and strategic efforts for clients like Microsoft, Walmart, AT&T and others while preparing his team for accelerated growth in 2016. For more information visit PRWeb.  

Jonathan "JB" Byrne Joins Heat as Creative Directory 

Jonathan "JB" Byrne joined Heat team as creative director. Byrne joins the agency from DDB California, where he served as creative director. At Heat, Byrne will work on clients like Kendall-Jackson wines and Esurance and will also be taking the creative lead on new business endeavors this fall. More at MediaPost

Wolff Olins Selects Tim Allen as First North American President 

This week, we welcome Tim Allen as Wolff Olins’ first North American President. Tim comes to us having led world-class product, experience and technology teams at Amazon and R/GA. Over 18 years, Tim has collected numerous patents and awards as he’s sought to help companies build human-centered experiences. Head to Wolff Olins for more details. 

Ben Welsh Promoted to Creative Chairman of Asia at M&C Saatchi

M&C Saatchi Sydney's long-serving executive creative director, Ben Welsh, is stepping up to take on the role of the network's creative chairman of Asia.

Welsh has been with M&C Saatchi Sydney for 18 years and his appointment follows the departure of Chris Jacques who was regional CEO. Read more at Campaign. 

The Gate Boosts Modern Full-Service Offering With Peter Bennett Appointment

The Gate has appointed Peter Bennett to the new role of Executive Director – Media.

Bennett joins the agency to boost its full-service offering across a range of clients and to provide media planning and buying services to other group companies within MSQ Partners

Reporting to Luke Mugliston, the agency’s chief executive, Bennett will join the agency management team and take responsibility for its media department, with a particular focus on new business.

Bennett was previously Managing Partner at Havas Media, where he spent 14 years. During this time he was part of small management team that led their digital transformation programme whilst also leading the largest client team at Havas Media, with responsibility for more than £80 million in billings.

Having started his career in the media department at WCRS in 1991, Bennett also worked at Saatchi & Saatchi, where he was part of the team that launched The National Lottery for Camelot. He moved to Havas Media in 2000 where he continued to work on some large and successful brands such as TUI, Magners Cider (IPA Effectiveness award), Kia Motors, Nationwide Building Society, Emirates Airlines to name a few. More at AdForum.

Grey NY Taps Jonathan Lee as CSO

Lee arrives at Grey from Huge, where he has served as global managing director of planning and strategy since July of 2012. Prior to joining Huge he spent around and a year and a half with Rosetta as a partner, strategic and account planning. Before that he spent nearly six years as director of account planning with TBWA\Chiat\Day. He has also served in account planning roles at Mullen, FCB and Ingalls Advertising. Full story at AgencySpy

Matt Talbot Promoted to VP/ECD at CP+B Boulder

CP+B Boulder announced the promotion of Matt Talbot to the role of vice president/executive creative director. Talbot first joined CP+B in August of 2009 as a copywriter working on the Domino’s account and soon made the jump to the creative director role. Read more at AgencySpy

Simon Bond Tapped as Chief Growth Officer at Interpublic Group

Interpublic Group has announced that Simon Bond is joining the holding company as Chief Growth Officer, effective September 9th, 2015. Bond (pictured left) will be responsible for driving Interpublic's growth initiatives across the network and will report to Philippe Krakowsky, EVP, Chief Strategy and Talent Officer. For more details, visit Campaign Brief Asia.

(Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Fairchild.) 

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