ARGONAUT, the San Francisco-based advertising agency that is part of Project Worldwide, has announced today its latest senior appointment. The agency has brought on Jon Drawbaugh as its new Head of Production, effective immediately. A seasoned industry executive who has held senior-level production roles at top agencies including R/GA, Wieden+Kennedy, Arnold Worldwide and DDB, Drawbaugh will oversee ARGONAUT’s integrated production discipline in his new role, including everything from Film, Print and Interactive to Business Affairs and Production Operations. He will report directly to the agency’s Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Hunter Hindman.
“We are very excited about the strides we’re making at attracting some of the most dynamic, senior talent in the industry and Jon is a perfect example of this,” said Hindman. “I’ve made some of the most breakthrough and effective work of my career with Jon and am looking forward to the knowledge and inspiration he will bring to our Production department.”
For the last two years, Drawbaugh has worked with various shops as a freelance Executive Producer touching brands like Jack Daniel's, Hardees, Dupont and Zulily, among others. Prior to that, he worked at Arnold Worldwide as EVP, Director of Integrated Production, tasked with modernizing and integrating the agency’s production offerings across the Boston and New York City offices. Before that, he ran integrated production at DDB San Francisco, working across brands like Oracle, Slim Jim, Brita and Qualcomm, and Mullen LA, where he was charged with building a world-class production department and co-founding Yeti, their in-house production capability. Earlier in his career, he also had stints at FCB West and Goodby Silverstein & Partners.
“ARGONAUT already has a great production team in place – now it’s time to grow, push the envelope creatively and take the work to the next level. I’m looking forward to shepherding this department as the agency enters its next chapter,” said Drawbaugh. “Plus, I had the good fortune of working with Hunter at Goodby, so the opportunity to work with him again was a no-brainer.”
Drawbaugh’s appointment is the latest in a series of big hires for ARGONAUT. The agency has built out its creative and account teams with several new additions over the last few months, pulling top talent from some of the industry’s biggest shops.
The agency recently welcomed Chad Leitz as its newest Group Creative Director, tasked with creative oversight across several of the agency’s pieces of business including Fitbit. He joins the team by way of San Francisco-based creative consultancy, Eleven Inc, where he served as Creative Director overseeing the company’s Virgin America and Columbus Meats accounts. Throughout his career he’s also worked on Frito-Lay, Chevy, Google, Apple, Jack Daniel’s, Ocean Spray, and Progressive, among others.
Jordan Wood and Michael Ton both join as the agency’s newest Group Brand Directors, coming from Havas and Publicis respectively. Wood will oversee the Post cereal portfolio among other assignments and Ton will be the account lead on Cricket Wireless. Josephine Rosensteel also joins this team as a Brand Director, coming from Mekanism.
To help round out the production team, the agency has also brought on Jim Vaughan as an Executive Producer, who has served stints at The Cabinet, Misfit Workshop, Goodby and Arnold. And brought on frequent freelancer, Jeremy Kaller, who has worked across the agency’s Cricket, MetLife and Dodge accounts over the last three years, as a full-time Senior Video Editor.
ARGONAUT is an advertising agency based in San Francisco that specializes in creating brand comebacks. Founded in 2013, the agency works with the world’s most iconic brands who have lost their way, aiming to create breakthrough and sustainable campaigns that drive lasting success. Helmed by Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Hunter Hindman, ARGONAUT’s clients include Cricket Wireless, Fitbit, NerdWallet, Post Consumer Brands, Shutterfly and pro-bono Code Tenderloin, amongst others. ARGONAUT has been named both a “Best Place to Work” and “Agency to Watch” by Advertising Age.http://www.argonautinc.com/