Jon Sharpe will be tasked with challenging agency staff and clients to push for more effective and innovative solutions to business problems. Before he joined RKCR/Y&R, Sharpe was also a Master Class Speaker at Hyper Island and consultant for WPP. Prior to working at M&C Saatchi, Sharpe founded the agency Play, where he served as CEO and Creative Director. He also previously worked as CEO of Itraffic and Managing Director at Agency.com.
B-Reel has hired Alex Jenkins as a creative director in the U.K. Jenkins previously has worked client side for creative on clients like Doritos, Carphone Warehouse, Virgin and Gotmilk?. On collaborations with unit9 and Attik UK, Jenkins has been the recipient of awards including a Cannes Silver Design Lion and a One Show Interactive Gold.
Minneapolis-based Colle+McVoy promoted Mike Caguin to chief creative officer and Eric Husband to executive creative director. Caguin, who has led the creative department for the past three years as ECD, has also worked at BSSP and TBWA/Chiat/Day, on efforts for brands including ESPN, Infinity and BMW MINI. Husband, who was previously a group creative director, has been at Colle+McVoy for six years, leading creative on accounts including Caribou Coffee and Nestle Purina. Branding consultancy Wolff Olins hired Mike Abbink in the role of creative director at the company's New York office. He will report to ECD Todd Simmons. Abbink was previously a CD at Saffron Consultants, where he led projects for clients including Goldman Sachs Wealth Management, the City of London, TATA Beverages and Apollo Tires. Before that, he was a design director at Wolff Olins for three years. He is also the co-founder of design agency Method, and has worked as a design director for Apple, working on product packaging for the tech company's products.
Cutter Studios hired its first Spanish-speaking editor, Jaime Valdueza, to help with the studio's Hispanic advertising efforts. Valdueza, who believes that studios catering to that market's specific needs are hard to find, and since budgets for Hispanic campaigns tend to be smaller, clients need to find a one-stop studio for all their needs. Valdueza joined from Lost Planet, and has worked on commercials for brands including Bud Light, Got Milk and McDonald's, as well as feature films like John Leguizamo's "Fugly." Ric Albert joined Grand Visual in the newly created role of motion graphics director, where he will be responsible for using digital out-of-home media. Albert comes from GP London, where he was director of digital and interactive for give years and worked on social, viral and digital OOH campaigns for Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, and Coca-Cola.