Digital Kitchen has brought on former Olson Chief Creative Officer Dennis Ryan as CEO, a move that comes about a year after Kyu, part of Japanese holding company Hakuhodo DY Holdings, acquired the creative and digital shop.
Mr. Ryan, who left Olson in July 2015 after serving as its first CCO for nearly four and a half years, is succeeding former Digital Kitchen chief executive Bill Fritsch. Mr. Fritsch will continue working at Digital Kitchen in an advisory position and will remain on the agency's board.
Starting officially on May 17, Mr. Ryan will report to Kyu CEO Michael Birkin and will be based in the Chicago office. Digital Kitchen also has offices in Seattle and Los Angeles.
Most recently, Mr. Ryan served as principal at Fetrow Ryan & Partners, an agency he co-founded with former Olson Executive Creative Director Mike Fetrow. The shop is disbanding and Mr. Fetrow is exploring other options, said Mr. Ryan.
One of Mr. Ryan's first objectives is to make Digital Kitchen's offerings clearer, particularly the shop's tie to the entertainment industry, which he said helps differentiate it in the market place. Some of Digital Kitchen's current clients include Netflix, Microsoft, AT&T, Tableau Software and Coca-Cola. The shop also previously created the main title sequence for Showtime's "Dexter."
"The key is to find a way to make what I think is a tremendous culture and working product more accessible and relevant to more clients," he said.