The Barbarian Group Co-founder/CEO Benjamin Palmer has been elected to serve as 58th President of The Art Director's Club, succeeding Doug Jaeger, president of JaegerSloan, Inc.
Palmer has been a member of the ADC board since 2008 and has led The Barbarian Group since its founding in 2001. The company was named Creativity's 2008 Digital Agency of the Year and has been instrumental in launching some of the industry's most celebrated digital campaigns, including the now iconic "Subservient Chicken" for Burger King out of CP&B, as well as other notable digital efforts, like an application that allowed newsreaders to create t-shirts out of CNN headlines and Esquire's Augmented Reality issue. In 2009, the shop became part of South Korean ad network's Cheil Worldwide.
Palmer has ambitious goals for his new post. "I'd like to make the ADC a real club for the advertising industry," he says. "We are in the midst of so much change and converging of skills, there is a lot to share and to learn from each other. There are a lot of award shows, and we have a great one--the toughest award to win--but it's not enough. We need to be around each other more, to learn and to socialize and be inspired, we've been working towards that for the last few years and I'm going to bring it to fruition."
The ADC also welcomed four new board members: Alessandra Lariu, cofounder of SheSays, Robert Wong, ECD of Google Creative Lab, Nicole Jacek, CD at karlssonwilker, New York and Dany Lenon, owner/president of The Creative Register, Inc.