M&C Saatchi LA has promoted three of its key executives to senior positions to help run the agency. All three have been with M&C Saatchi for over 10 years. Ron Tapia takes on the role of Creative Director, and Mike Wilton and Rebecca McGough have each been promoted to Managing Director. The trio will sit on the Executive Leadership Board running the expanding set of companies in the LA group.
Ron Tapia joined the agency in 2007 as an art director and has provided creative leadership and vision to the agency’s work over the past decade. He has helmed projects for such M&C Saatchi LA clients as VIZIO and BMW Motorrad. His recent work for the San Diego Zoo’s Africa Rocks exhibit was given a permanent home this year in the lithography collection of the Huntington Library.
“Ron has raised the creative bar at the agency year after year,” says Maria Smith, ECD at M&C Saatchi LA. “He’s an incredible talent and a tireless leader, and the agency wouldn’t be what it is today without him.”
Rebecca McGough and Mike Wilton will take on the day-to-day running of the agency, working closely with Huw Griffith, CEO & Partner, Kate Bristow Chief, Strategy Officer & Partner, and Maria Smith, Executive Creative Director.
Rebecca McGough started her career at the London office in 2007, moving to LA four years ago to run UGG Australia. Since then, McGough has led the team to grow and win many integrated pieces of business, including the Pacific Life AOR account. Mike Wilton also started at the London agency in 2007 and moved to the West Coast three years ago to spearhead Epson America and San Diego Zoo, two of the agency’s longest standing partnerships. From there, he has helped lead the agency to success on the BMW Motorrad and Fox Restaurant Concepts AOR pitches, among other key projects and accounts.
“This team has exceptional talent and a genuine passion for the business and the agency. We are thrilled to see Rebecca, Mike, and Ron take on bigger roles helping us to continue to shape and grow Los Angeles,” says Huw Griffith CEO & Partner. “They are essential voices in our future success.”
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