The Barbarian Group has promoted Edu Pou from executive creative director to chief creative officer. Pou joined Barbarian Group in October 2014 and has since helped the company win accounts including PepsiCo's Brisk, Kind Snacks and Etihad Airways. He was previously with Wieden & Kennedy as head of creative innovation, and prior to that with Crispin Porter & Bogusky. His promotion is one of a number of new hires and moves at the company, including Ian Daly joining as chief strategy officer from TBWA/ Media Arts Lab, Darren Himebrook as head of operations from The Martin Agency, and Robert Christ, previously tech director, promoted to chief technology officer.
Atlanta-based Fitzgerald & Co. today has promoted Wes Whitener and Mitch Bennett to executive creative director. The pair were previously group creative directors and have produced campaigns for brands including Coca-Cola, Mellow Mushroom, Pergo and Synovus. The agency has also hired Liza Ramos, formerly of Droga5 in New York, as chief talent officer, and Mike McGarry, previously at Vice Media, as business lead on the agency's dedicated Coca-Cola creative unit, Fitzco//McCann.
Entertainment marketing agency The Refinery has hired Josh Olson as senior VP of theatrical/creative director. Olson will work closely with The Refinery partner/creative director Brett Winn on company growth initiatives and creative strategies for feature film, television, multimedia and gaming clients. Most recently, Olson worked as senior producer at Mocean and SVP of theatrical/creative director at Seismic Productions. He has also worked at Trailer Park and run his own boutique shop, Killer Kreative.