Partners + Napier has elevated Mike Baron to executive creative director in a newly expanded role where he will continue to oversee creative work for the agency’s health and wellness vertical, while playing a key role on the agency growth team and the operations team. He will also look to strengthen and expand the agency’s content studio. Baron first joined the agency in 2005.
Barbarian is promoting Courtney Berry to managing director to lead key client relationships like JBL Audio, L'Oreal, Panasonic Avionics and Ad Council. She’s also tasked with implementing the agency's strategic vision, and overseeing the account management and project management departments. She will continue to serve in her previous position as group business director.? "She is the perfect person to lead Barbarian while we continue our active search for a new CEO,” said Aaron Lau, CEO of agency parent company Cheil North America. That search began in March after the departure of Cathy Butler who left to become CEO at Omnicom ...
Programmatic shop Coegi has tapped Katie Kluba as the agency's first senior vice president of operations & analytics to lead the company’s programmatic, social advertising, data and analytics divisions from the firm’s St. Louis office. Kluba most recently held roles at Xaxis and Catalyst, both part of WPP’s GroupM. Over her career, she has worked with brands such as Dell, Jaguar Land Rover, Audi, P&G, Kimberly Clark and Allergan. This position expands the previous director of operations role held by Kelly Roberts who is now digital media manager at Build-a-Bear.
In-house specialist agency Oliver has boosted its global senior leadership with the addition of Richard?Stainer, who has been appointed CEO, global clients.? Stainer’s appointment follows the recent acquisition of Oliver’s parent firm, Inside Ideas Group, by You & Mr Jones, founded by former Havas Group CEO David Jones a few years back. Stainer is tasked with expanding Oliver’s in-house service to global brand clients. He will report to Simon Martin, founder and CEO of Oliver and Inside Ideas Group. He brings two decades’ worth of leadership experience in global advertising and communications, most recently as Partner and Global Head of ...
Big Spaceship is hiring Layne Harris as senior vice president creative technology & innovation to work across the emerging tech spectrum from both a consultative and execution perspective, concentrating heavily on voice, AR/MR, and hardware/IoT. He was previously with 3601.Laura Breines is elevated from SVP director client services to managing director to lead agency clients, including JetBlue, Sony and Brightstar, as well as oversee account and production and key operational functions.
Mike Toofer departs The Many to join MOCEAN as svp/growth to set the vision and strategy for all new business initiatives as the agency continues to expand beyond its core entertainment sector. The position is new. Erica Coates, ex-Digital Kitchen, joins as executive producer to evolve the company’s social and digital offering. Both report to President Michael McIntyre.?
The Shipyard is appointing John Sydnor as the agency's first Chief Growth Officer to be responsible for maximizing sales, profits, market share, and stakeholder value for the company.?He previously led efforts in data analytics, predictive modeling, digital asset management, digital transformation and consulting for companies including IBM, Oracle, Apple Computer, Publicis, and Morgan Stanley.? He also has financial experience in investment banking, wealth management including a leadership position at a hedge fund and private equity firm.?
George Rogers is leaving WPP to serve as Refinery29's chief development officer. He’s tasked with leading new business strategy and building large-scale client partnerships.? He previously served as Chief Revenue Officer at WPP, where he helped to secure global accounts including British Airways, Pfizer, Mazda and Johnson & Johnson, among others. He also helped to build ?Global Team Blue, WPP’s dedicated Ford agency. ?
Peter Mayer is hiring Fernanda Burgel as creative director to strengthen the New Orleans-based agency's multicultural and diversity messaging.?Previously at Walton Isaacson, she has experience in creating and leading campaigns for Hispanic, Black and LGBTQ+ markets for brands like Lexus USA and Coca-Cola.
Multi-cultural agency the community is appointing Billy Boulia as the newly created group connections director to work across integrated accounts in Miami, New York, and San Francisco, including clients like Verizon, Magic Leap, and Mondelez. He will also be tasked with building out the agency's social labs offering.? Boulia previously worked at Digitas North America, where he oversaw paid and owned media strategy for brands including PepsiCo, Macy’s and Delta Airlines. ?