Evelyn Neill

Evelyn Neill

Executive Creative Director at TBWA\Chiat\Day
New York, United States

About me

Evelyn spent the first decade of her career at W+K Portland, growing up under Dan Wieden and David Kennedy’s creative leadership to become a creative director on Nike and Coca Cola. She founded the Amsterdam office of W+K with six other crazy individuals. She describes W+K during those years as a place where the cabinets were like neglected toy boxes, filled with a jumble of award trophies. “That’s how little attention we paid to awards and self-preservation.”

She was creative director for Nike in Asia Pacific, Nike in the famous ’96 Olympic work, Coca Cola in the Olympics, Microsoft. And during that time won at Cannes in all metal forms. She picked up the little accounts – Oregon Tourism, Anne Klein, the Paramount Hotel and loved them like they deserved to be loved.

As one does, she started to wonder what it all means to have a successful life in advertising and founded a school to teach children about the ocean – Sanibel Sea School - which is now the number one activity on Trip Advisor for families with kids on the island of Sanibel in the state of Florida.

Evelyn is now Executive Creative Director at TBWAChiat NY as global creative director of the Accenture account – a company she loves for its intelligence, technology and scale - in an agency she adores for its pirate-itude. People and accounts that are smart, bewildering and complex are her jam, with a non-linear dash of crazy here and there. Last year, her Trump Hole Covers cat-ass-trophy jewelry and films were featured on Funny or Die and in the Huffington Post. In fairness, Evelyn concedes that this bio isn’t a legitimate history per se, as it omits a decade or so. But history is, as she is finding out, arbitrary and in the hands of writers and politicians.

Sector Experience


Group Creative Director
New York, United States
August 2017 - February 2018 (6 months)
Working on Accenture - which is to say I have a pretty fascinating window on technology in business.
Creative Director
New York, United States
November 2016 - June 2017 (7 months)
As I said earlier, it's a cult. It's a belief system. This go round was all about bridging NY and Portland on the Verizon business.
Freelance CD at TBWA/Chiat
New York, United States
June 2016 - November 2016 (5 months)
Freelance creative director at TBWA Chiat working on the NOW platform, exploring the internet of things, agile manufacturing, gender equality in the workforce, artificial intelligence, and countless other mind-blowing and exciting technologies and applications for the future.
Chief Creative Officer
New York, United States
July 2003 - December 2015 (12 years 5 months)
Senior Vice President Group Creative Director
New York, United States
June 2002 - June 2003 (1 year)
I was creative director on Starwood properties including the strategy and creative work for Westin Hotels, a large telcom no longer in existence and Sheraton Hotels.
Senior Writer
New York, United States
June 2001 - June 2002 (1 year)
SS+K blended advertising and PR before that worked well. #futurevisionaries
Creative Director
Portland, United States
1987 - 2000 (13 years)
It was a cult. It was a belief system. It was a great place to grow up and be taught. I was hired as the first junior "girl team" with Charlotte Moore. I became creative director on Nike and Coca Cola. I founded Amsterdam with 6 others, ran Nike and Coca Cola in APAC and India, won gold, silver and bronze at Cannes Film Festival. My work on Oregon Tourism, Anne Klein, Microsoft, The Paramount Hotel, famous Nike Atlanta Olympic brief - is all noted in the annals of advertising history (which might be an oxymoron) and hearts and minds of others - also potentially an overstatement, relative the ability of advertising to stay in normal people's hearts and minds.


April 2018 - April 2018 ()

April 2018 - April 2018 ()

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

1980 - 1984 (4 years)

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