Watling Joins Droga5 London, Barkley Hires Jones and More

All the Latest Creative Moves From Around the Industry

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Chris Watling
Chris Watling Credit: Courtesy of Droga5

Droga5's London office has hired Chris Watling as the agency's first head of production starting this July. Watling joins Droga5 London after 10 years with BBH London working across campaigns for Axe, The Guardian, Weetabix, British Airways, Audi and Barnados among others.

In 2015, Watling became the managing director for BBH's in-house studio, Black Sheep Studios, where he worked on projects such as music videos for The Last Shadow Puppets and the short film "Home" starring Jack O'Connell. The film premiered at SXSW 2016 and will launch as part of UNHCR's Refugee Week in June. Watling's hire also follows the recent appointments of Droga5 London staff, including Chris Chapman as design director and James Broomfield as strategy director.

Kyle Jones
Kyle Jones Credit: Courtesy of Barkley

Barkley has appointed Kyle Jones as group creative director. Jones joins Barkley from Venables Bell & Partners in San Francisco, where he worked on Audi and Reebok. He has also served as group creative director at TraceyLocke in Dallas, working on the Simpsons Kwik-e-Marts for 7-Eleven, when 7-Elevens became Kwik-e-Marts to promote "The Simpsons Movie." Prior to that, Jones worked on the Microsoft, Dominos, and Kraft accounts at Crispin Porter & Bogusky.

Carlos Ricque
Carlos Ricque Credit: Courtesy of DigitasLBi

Carlos Ricque, formerly based in DigitasLBi's New York office, will now lead the agency's creative team in San Francisco as senior vice president, creative. His team won a Grand Prix for "Take it from a Fish" for Astrazeneca, as well as a Silver and a Bronze for its related films at the 2015 Cannes Lions, and he was a juror at the 2016 Cannes Lions festival. Ricque began his career writing tray-liner copy for a fast food restaurant. He developed his skills while working on online and offline campaigns for clients including Coca-Cola, Panama Tourism, Delta Airlines and Verizon.

Mike Fetrow
Mike Fetrow Credit: Courtesy of Adventure Advertising

Minneapolis agency Adventure Advertising has added Mike Fetrow as executive creative director and equity partner. Fetrow, whose advertising career spans more than 20 years, has arrived from Fetrow Ryan & Partners, a firm he co-founded in 2015 following his advertising career in the Minneapolis area. His portfolio includes national campaigns for Cadillac, Holiday Inn Express, Saucony and Buffalo Wild Wings, among others. He previously served as executive creative director for Olson and Colle+McVoy, creative director for Space 150 and group creative director for Fallon.

Dena Gonzalez
Dena Gonzalez Credit: Courtesy of Omelet

Omelet has promoted Dena Gonzalez to partner and head of business planning and delivery, a newly-created position. Gonzalez will continue in her role as the agency's vice president of project management and will continue to oversee that department. Before joining Omelet, Gonzalez served as head of production at Animax Entertainment, where she created animation, digital content, and production services for clients including Disney, Ty Inc., AOL, ESPN, MTV, and Nickelodeon. Gonzalez began her career in animation, gaming, and digital content.

From left, Amy Marek, Spencer Somers, Ashley Jones, and Sara Karnowski
From left, Amy Marek, Spencer Somers, Ashley Jones, and Sara Karnowski Credit: Courtesy of Standard Time

Standard Time, a content and design studio, has made several promotions and added new members to its small team. Spencer Somers has been promoted to creative director. Somers joined Standard Time in 2012 as a copywriter and most recently served as an associate creative director at the agency. Amy Marek, previously a freelancer at the agency, has been hired as production head in charge of the agency's in-house production and post production division, as well as broadcast. She began her career at The Martin Agencyand has also worked at Camp+King.The agency also hired Ashley Jones as associate creative director. The Canadian native has spent most of her career in New York, including at the design firm RoAndCo and as art director at Partners & Spade. Her brand experience includes Warby Parker, Target, Moda Operandi, and Etsy and she recently led the rebrand for Peloton Cycle. Standard Time also elevated Sara Karnowski to account director to lead both client side management and project management departments.

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