john staffen

john staffen

Global Creative Director at Arnold Worldwide
New York, United States

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I love what we do.
The ability to work together with smart and creative people on all kinds of issues and problems and affect culture and the world around us turns me on. I have been lucky enough to have spent decades helping transform large brands on a global scale---and believe today more than ever, that clients are looking for an intimate, focused and collaborative environment to harness creativity and communication as a business tool.


Global Creative Director
New York, United States
2013 - 2016 (3 years)
Chief Creative Officer/Managing Partner
New York, United States
2004 - 2013 (9 years)
Executive Creative Director
2000 - 2003 (3 years)
Managed all aspects of the New York creative department with direct creative responsibility for accounts including Cigna, ING, The New York Lottery, American Stock Exchange, Georgia-Pacific, Knorr, Merck, J&J, Mobil and Philips Electronics.
Creative Director/Founding Partner
DDB Downtown
1999 - 2000 (1 year)
Worked closely with Tribal, Fathom and other Omnicom DAS units to service conflict and emerging clients like Anheuser-Busch and BestBuy.
Group Creative Director
1998 - 1999 (1 year)
Responsible for the creative management on McDonald's.
Group Creative Director
1992 - 1998 (6 years)
Oversaw a creative group of accounts including the New York Lottery, Michelin, Merck, J&J, Anheuser-Busch, Volkswagen and Mobil.
Executive Creative Director
Toronto, Canada
1990 - 1991 (1 year)
Was responsible for the management and output of the creative department for accounts including Dove, American Express and Rogers Communications.
Creative Director
1988 - 1990 (2 years)
Responsible for accounts including NYNEX, Reebok, and American Express.
Art Director
1985 - 1988 (3 years)
Art directed work for accounts including GTE, Volkswagen, NEC and Michelin.


bfa, advertising design

ArtCenter College of Design
1980 - 1984 (4 years)


Mohawk Valley Community College
1978 - 1980 (2 years)

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