Wesnaes (left) spent six years at AKQA working on brands including Coca-Cola, Nike, Motorola, Deloitte, Kraft and Smirnoff. Prior to that he worked several years in digital shop Framfab in his native Denmark.
GOOD/Corps, the social innovation firm, has hired Jason Nichols as creative director and Maria Redin as director of strategy and innovation. Nichols, who will work alongside CD partner, Driscoll Reid, previously worked at creative shops including Saatchi & Saatchi and BWA/Chiat/Day, developing integrated campaigns for clients such as Toyota, Pepsi Refresh Project and Nike. He was also the creative lead for four years at RGA, creating digital campaigns for Nike Basketball and Nokia. Redin's experience includes leading the development of products for the MIT Media Lab and Mattel. She most recently worked as a business designer at IDEO and managed Creable, a creative design studio.
Nola Pictures has added director Greg Ramsey to its roster. Prior to joining Nola, Ramsey spent time as a director and cameraman at Fahrenheit Films, Celsius Films and Curious Pictures. His ad portfolio includes campaigns for Carrabba's Italian Grill, Boar's Head, Del Taco, Taco Bell, Burger King, KFC, Ziploc, Canon, Minute Maid, Electrolux and Reeves Foundation. His Fruitopia spots are part of the MoMA's permanent collection. He has also directed, shot and edited a fundraising film for the Grace Children's Foundation with spokeswoman and narrator Meryl Streep.
R/GA New York has appointed Chris Bradley as executive creative director. Bradley, who will work on MasterCard, comes to R/GA from Big Fuel, where he served as an executive creative director working on brands including GM, T-Mobile, Microsoft, Philips and Chevy. Prior to Big Fuel, Bradley spent time at several other agencies and design consultancies including Ogilvy & Mather in both New York and San Francisco, the latter as senior partner and group creative director on brands such as Motorola and Stolichnaya Vodka. He has won awards including a Cannes Cyber Lion for his work on VW Passat Prior and a One Show interactive award for his work on Samsung, while he was creative director at Margeotes Fertitta Powell.
VFX studio Absolute has hired Melissa Stephano as senior producer and Kevin Couture as senior CG artist/lighter. Both join after freelance collaborations with the studio. Stephano's experience in design, graphics and VFX includes work for Verizon, American Airlines, Optimum, Nike, Fox, American Express, Crayola, MiraLAX and Crest. Couture, who joins Absolute from freelance positions at MPC, Psyop, and Buck, is a specialist in lighting/rendering, texturing, and modeling.
QuietMan has added Anthony Ferrara to its creative collective. Ferrara, who has spent the past several months freelancing at QuietMan, will join the staff full time after working on jobs including a graffiti-inspired promo for American Express featuring Coldplay. Prior to joining QuietMan, where will work as co-creative director alongside Johnnie Semerad, Ferrara worked and freelanced as a graphics artist, animator and designer at Bikini Editorial, MD Designs, and Fearless Management/Fearless Productions. His spot work includes an online video and ad campaign for Bode.