Grey, New York Chief Creative Officer Tor Myhren has been promoted to President of the agency. He will retain his duties as CCO and is the first creative to lead the agency's flagship. Myhren joined the agency as CCO in 2007, after serving as ECD at Leo Burnett Detroit where he oversaw GM and led initiatives like Oprah's audience car giveaway. He has also been a CD at TBWA/Chiat/Day, L.A. and was a founding member of Wongdoody. Under Myhren, Grey has produced notable efforts like the ETrade Baby campaign, Canon's "Beyond the Still" campaign, spots for DirecTV and Cannes Lion-winning work for the NFL.
Ogilvy New York recently named two new executive creative directors to its creative team: Heavy.com co-founder David Carson and Saatchi & Saatchi global creative director Alison Gragnano (pictured). Carson, who also created the animated series Behind the Music That Sucks and helped to launch and market music network Fuse, will team with ECD Chris Mitton on clients like Amex, Stoli and Ikea. Gragnano, who oversaw 360 campaigns for P&G and General Mills in her four years at Saatchi, will steer creative on the agency's Unilever and Kimberly Clark business. In addition to Carson and Gragnano, Ogilvy has named Jason Marks GCD on IBM. He moves from Crispin Porter + Bogusky, where he was a lead interactive creative for BK, VitaminWater, Microsoft and Jose Cuervo. Howard Pyle also joins the IBM team in the newly created position of Global Director of Digital Platforms. He last served at TBWA as Executive Director of Development in the Digital Arts Lab. Pierre Wendling, former Head of Digital Production at 180 Amsterdam also comes on board as Executive Producer.
Audrey Eden has joined Deutsch L.A. as EVP, Experiential. She was previously a founding partner/VP of integrated marketing at GreenLight Media & Marketing, where her projects included Converse's "Conversations with Tom Ressa," Gillete's "Uncut" series and the "Pairings" program for Amex.
Bill Pauls has joined SapientNitro as creative director at the agency's Atlanta office, where he will oversee creative for the Washington D.C. and Houston offices, for clients like Cigna, Michelina and Coca-Cola. Pauls most recently was ECD andEVP at BBDO Atlanta.
The Barbarian Group has signed Chet Gulland to the newly created role of Group Director of Strategy. He moves from Droga5, where he was strategy director on Puma, Rhapsoday, Activision and various Unilever brands. Gulland also previously worked at Anomaly as a digital strategist on clients like Virgin America and Converse. Among his work credits are Puma's Hardchorus and Social campaigns, as well as the Converse Domaination effort.
Matej Purg has been promoted to Executive Producer at Paranoid U.S., from Head of Production. Purg's recent efforts include the Edouard Salier-directed Nike "Mercurial" and Coke "Quest," and Optus' "Secret Training Camp" and Accenture's "Surfing Elephant," directed by Thierry Poiraud. Prior to Paranoid, Purg had worked at Biscuit Filimworks and Hungry Man.
Pereira & O'Dell has announced it will open a new business unit, podSport, in 2011. PodSport will serve as a marketing consultant to brands interested in business opportunities in the Brazilian market and will have offices in San Francisco, New York and Sao Paulo.
Documentary filmmaker/Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist David Turnley has signed with Curious Pictures for exclusive commercials representation. Turnley earned the Pulitzer prize for documenting the world's political upheaval in 1989, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the uprising at Tiananmen Square. He was runner up for the prize four other times and also earned the World Press Picture of the Year award twice. His oeuvre includes eight photo books, including Mandela: Struggle and Triumph, and the documentary film The Dalai Lama: At Home in Exile, which was nominated for an Emmy. Turnley's past advertising work includes spots and content for Brand Jordan, out of W+K, Ameriprise, via R/GA and State Farm, out of DDB. Currently, he's wrapping the film "Shenandoah, USA," about the beating of an illegal Mexican immigrant by six white football players in an eastern Pennsylvania coal-mining town.