Following CCO Pete Favat's departure, Arnold Worldwide has elevated Pete Johnson to executive creative director. He joins Wade Devers, who was made ECD in February, and the pair now serve as the agency's new creative leads. Johnson had previously been senior vice president and group creative director. Prior to that he had been at LBI New York where he works on merging independent agencies including Icon Nicholson, Lost Boys, Syrup and Special Ops into a single creative shop. He has also had position at Tribal DDB, Ogilvy & Mather and McCann Erickson. Devers began working at Arnold in 1999 on the Converse brief. While he remains the global account director for Jack Daniels brands and heads up creative efforts for Fidelity and CVS, he and Johnson now lead creative on all of the agency's primary accounts. The two report to Arnold Worldwide president Pam Hamlin.
AKQA has tapped Ian Wharton as creative director. He was previously a partner at software publishing/development company Zolmo, where he helped develop celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's popular iPhone apps, which went on to earn Apple Design AWards. Wharton graduated from the Cumbria Institute of the Arts, where he earned recognition recognition by the Royal Television Society Award, for his animated short film Solar, which he wrote and produced with Edward Shires. He then went on to become an art director at the Mill, where he worked with clients including Sony Entertainment's game division and Audi.
Wunderman Brand Experience division agencies Blast Radius and These Days Amsterdam have merged, combining their clients which include Ford, Nikon, Michelin, P&G, Microsoft and Vodafone. The new agency will now be known as Blast Radius Amsterdam and intends to retain the data and insight-driven CRM offerings from These Days and the breadth of experience and strategic thinking expected from Blast Radius. Stefan Hawes, who had previously been general manager at Blast Radius will step into the CEO position and former These Days general manager Leander van Altena will continue his role in the new company.