New York agency Translation has appointed Betsy Decker as executive creative director. Decker previously served as an ECD for Sid Lee, helping to launch its NYC office. From 2007 to 2010, she was associate creative director and copywriter at Wieden& Kennedy Amsterdam, where she first worked with Translation's chief creative officer John Norman. Before joining W&K Amsterdam, she spent time at 72andSunny and prior to that was at TBWA/Chiat/Day. She has created work for brands such as Nike, Adidas, Heineken and Coca-Cola, and won honors at the One Show, Art Directors Club, ANDYs, and Epica Awards. Decker is also a writer and director who is currently developing two TV dramas.
The One Club has announced that Kevin Swanepoel will be its new chief executive officer. Mr. Swanepoel, who joined The One Club in 1998 and previously served as president, succeeds Mary Warlick, who joined The One Club in 1989 as executive director and served as chief executive officer since 2006. She will transition into her new position as president of A&C Film Distribution, a division of The One Club devoted to documentary films, television and other content. The One Club also promoted Yash Egami to vice president of marketing and communications from his previous role as director of content.
Leo Burnett has moved Christopher Annen to its Chinese operation as creative director for McDonald's in China. Annen relocates to Shanghai from Chicago, where he was associate creative director at Leo Burnett and one of the lead creatives for the McDonald's business. He has spent nine years at Leo Burnett Chicago, working for the past seven on the McDonald's account as creative lead behind product launches, retail promotions and consumer engagements.
Australian agency Cummins & Partners has opened an office in Toronto. Founder and global CEO Sean Cummins was born and lived in Toronto until moving to Australia with his family at the age of 10. He sold his first agency to Sapient in 2009, launched Virgin Airlines in Australia with Sir Richard Branson, and opened Cummins & Partners in Melbourne in 2011, with clients including Tourism Australia. Leading Cummins & Partners Canada will be partners Dave Carey, former partner-client service at Union Creative and senior vice president client services at Lowe Roche, and Andrew Shortt, formerly a founding partner at HQvB. Cummins & Partners also recently launched in the U.S., opening an office in New York City.
Hill Holliday has signed married creative duo Krista and Brett Brown as associate creative directors to work on Bank of America and new business pitches. The pair most recently worked as freelancers for CP+B and have also created work for CampfireNYC, Y&R and Saatchi as well as directly for clients. Among the Art Center grads' past projects are work for Robert Rodriguez' web channel, Carl's Jr./Hardees, TMZ, Harley-Davidson, Preparation H, Union Bank and Acura.