DDB Paris Executive Creative Director Alexandre Herve has left the agency to join Omnicom agency Romance, while Alexander Kalchev has been promoted to exec creative director in his place. Mr. Herve (who was named in Creativity's 50 in 2011) joins Romance, which was launched in 2014 by Christophe Lichtenstein (former CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi France) as exec creative director following its win of Audi France. Romance's other clients include Aviva Insurance and Mondelez group brands like Mikado. Mr. Herve spent 12 years at DDB and will be succeeded by Mr. Kalchev, who has been creative director of DDB Paris since 2013. Mr. Kalchev's work has included Tropicana's billboard powered by oranges, "The Centaur" for Honda, and most recently, the new worldwide film for Maille called "Memories." In 2011 he was profiled in Creativity's "Creatives to Know".
Havas Worldwide Chicago has hired Drew Donatelle as exec creative director. He joins from Twitter, where he served as senior brand strategist on the auto, dining and retail verticals. Previously, Mr. Donatelle was VP-creative director at DraftFCB, working on integrated campaigns for Jack Daniels, Motorola and Nokia, and senior VP-creative director at Upshot, a boutique agency focused on millennials. He has also been creative director for American luxury brand Fischer Voyage, which made its global retail debut at Harrods.
Venice Beach, Calif.-based agency Zambezi has hired Josh DiMarcantonio as exec creative director. Most recently a creative director at 180LA, he has held creative director roles at Deutsch, CAA and Wieden & Kennedy. He has created work for clients such as Adidas, Nike, Brand Jordan, ESPN, Taco Bell and Planters, as well as non-profit organizations like the HIV/AIDS relief foundation Keep A Child Alive. He won seven Cannes Lions in 2014 for his work on Taco Bell.
DigitasLBi has hired Julian Baker as senior designer. Mr. Baker, who will be based in Chicago and report to Matthew Jacobson, exec VP-global executive design director, was most recently a freelance designer at DigitasLBi. Before that, he was a designer at Energy BBDO in Chicago. Prior to BBDO he spent four years at Third Man Records in Nashville, designing for artists such as Tom Jones, Insane Clown Posse, Jack White and Willie Nelson.
Sid Lee New York has hired Colin Kim as creative director. Mr. Kim, who was formerly at Google Creative Labs, has over 14 years of experience in agencies and has won awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, AICP and more. Mr. Kim is one of 18 new recruits at the agency, which is nearly doubling its head count. Clients include Absolut Vodka, Facebook, Intel, Merrell, TopShop and Samsung.
Doner has appointed Steve Silver as exec VP-exec creative director for the agency's Detroit office. Most recently, Mr. Silver served as exec creative director at Leo Burnett Detroit, where he worked on digital, TV and outdoor for the launch of the Chevy Silverado. He also led creative efforts for integrated, social and guerilla marketing for the Diego Rivera and Freda Kahlo exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Prior to that, he was group creative director at Ogilvy, Chicago.
Arnold Worldwide has made several new creative hires, including James Clunie, senior VP-group creative director, who is partnering with Boston Exec VP-Group Creative Director David Register on the CenturyLink account. He has worked for agencies including BBDO New York and Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis. Matt McGregor-Mento joins as senior VP-director of creative technology to oversee Arnold's technology and creative production across Boston and New York. His previous roles include director of special projects at Ogilvy; exec creative director-digital and social at McGarryBowen New York, and exec creative director at MRY. Ricardo Landim, who joins as senior VP-creative director, has worked at agencies in Brazil and the US, including Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, R/GA and BBDO New York.
VML has hired Marcos Ribeiro and Josh McGuire as group creative directors. Mr. McGuire, who comes to VML from digital agency Fluid. will serve clients such as Chevron Lubricants, Shiseido and Equinox. Mr. Ribeiro comes to VML from Ogilvy New York, where he was senior partner and creative director and worked in Brazil at BBDO, followed by DM9DDB, DPZ and JWT before arriving at Ogilvy. He has worked with brands such as Coke, Dove, Pepsi, Knorr, FIAT, Volkswagen, IBM and Huggies. At VML, he will serve clients such as Dell, Athos Fitness Apparel, Legoland Florida and Toys R Us.