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J. Walter Thompson has appointed Rodrigo Grau as joint chief creative officer for Brazil and South America, sharing the role with Ricardo John. John was already chief creative officer for Brazil but now asumes the South America region too. Grau left his role as creative VP at David Brazil last month, having been there since 2014. Prior to that he was CCO at BBDO Argentina for more than seven years. Before that he worked in his native Argentina at Leo Burnett, Del Campo Saatchi & Saatchi and Ogilvy. Stefano Zunino, CEO of J. Walter Thompson Company Latin America, said in a statement: "Rodrigo is a true integrated creative and his experience and energy will bring new creative challenges to the network."
Ogilvy & Mather has promoted Chief Creative Officer, O&M Advertising London, Gerry Human to global executive creative director, global brand management. Human will continue to be based in the London office and serve on the O&M Worldwide Creative Council and O&M U.K. Board. He joined O&M in 2003 when the ad agency he co‐founded, HarrisonHuman, was acquired by O&M South Africa. In 2009 he relocated to O&M London to take on creative leadership of the office's Unilever business. Two years later, he was named executive creative director of O&M Advertising London and was instrumental in the agency winning the Philips, Kronenbourg 1664 and Pizza Hut delivery accounts.
New York-based agency Opperman Weiss has named Antonio Navas to the new post of creative partner. He will work with co-founders Paul Opperman and Jeff Weiss to drive the overall creative vision for the 25 person shop, whose clients include Chobani, Tullamore Dew, Drambuie, La Colombe Coffee, and Avion. Most recently, Navas held the chief creative officer post for Omnicom's Nissan United division, which he joined in 2015. Prior to that, he spent four years as executive creative director for Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand and before that held the worldwide creative director post at Ogilvy N.Y. for five years. He has also held creative posts at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, BBDO NY and FCB San Francisco.
CP&B has hired Steve Clarke as executive creative director at CP&B Boulder to lead the agency's global creative work for Infiniti, as well as creative director Bo Deng in its Hong Kong office to support the Infiniti account. Clarke joins the agency from Blue Hive London where he led European creative for Ford as deputy executive creative director and acting chief creative officer Europe. He has also worked at Ogilvy & Mather, DDB, JWT, TBWA, Publicis and 4Creative, with stints in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Detroit. Deng joins from Ogilvy Hong Kong. His experience includes a stint as group creative director at Y&R Shanghai, working on Gap, and roles at Goodby Silverstein & Partners SF, AKQA SF, Team One LA, Deutsch LA, and BBDO Beijing.
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Carmelo Maselli and Luis Sanchez Zinny are the new general creative directors at Carlos y Dario, a Buenos Aires-based independent shop started two years ago by two of Argentina's best-known admen, Carlos Baccetti and Dario Straschnoy. The two creatives are leaving Leo Burnett Argentina, where they were the general creative directors since 2012 and were responsible for last year's award-winning "Safety Truck, " in which Samsung used technology to equip its trucks with monitors that showed drivers behind the trucks when it was safe to pass, tackling Argentina's high accident toll from drivers recklessly passing other vehicles. Maselli and Sanchez started their careers as art director and copywriter respectively at McCann Erickson in 2001, and did an earlier stint as creative directors at Leo Burnett before joining BBDO Argentina in 2010.
BarrettSF has hired Todd Eisner as creative director, working on the agency's 2K WWE, 2K Mafia, Yellow Pages and Tipping Point accounts along with new business. Eisner has worked in San Francisco since 2011, most recently as a senior creative at Argonaut, which he joined in 2013. Prior to that he was associate creative director at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, where he helped reposition Chevy trucks as well as creating Cheetos commercials. He has also worked at FCB and Dentsu America based in New York.
BBH London has hired Pablo González de la Peña as an associate creative director, while Chris Lawson joins as a creative director to lead BBH's social content unit, BBH Live. González de la Peña joins BBH from Channel 4's in-house creative unit 4Creative, where he spent the last four years. Originally from Madrid, he began his career working at a series of Spanish agencies. Lawson joins BBH Live after two years at VCCP Kin, working on the O2, EasyJet and Asda accounts. He previously spent three years at Cheil, where he created the "We are David Bailey" project, which won awards including two Cannes Lions. Lawson is also a film director and professional photographer.
Luis Camano is director of the new brand activation group at independent U.S. Hispanic agency Grupo Gallegos. He'll create brand activation programs for Grupo Gallegos clients such as the California Milk Processor Board. Previously Camano spent 11 years at Omnicom-owned Alcone Marketing Group, where he was chief creative officer. He began his career at BBDO in Argentina.
Momentum Worldwide, part of McCann Worldgroup, has appointed Mike Kettles as executive creative director. Kettles has previously worked at agencies including KLP Euro RSCG, Greenspace and RPM, on campaigns for the likes of Bacardi, Heineken, Toyota and Lego. His work includes the Heineken Thirst global experience, an experiential platform that operated in over 50 countries over a two-year period.
Independent creative agency Indie Amsterdam has appointed Merijn Verhagen as design director. Verhagen brings 15 years of experience working for brands such as Nike, Converse, MTV, TomTom, Heineken and Monster Energy, predominantly at Crabsalad, the creative agency he co-founded. An art director, designer and director with a background in design and film, he has also worked with digital agencies Yune and SuperHeroes. Indie Amsterdam clients have included Amstel, Heineken and Tele2.