Branding consultancy Wolff Olins has appointed senior Amazon creative Tim Allen as its first president for North America. Allen previously served as executive creative director for Amazon's product design studios where he led a team of technologists and designers. Prior to Amazon, he led experience design at both R/GA and Sapient Nitro, winning Cannes Lions, D&AD, Andy, One Show and Webby awards for work including Nike Training Club, and Nike's first iOS app, Nike+ Active. At Wolff Olins, he will oversee growth in its New York and San Francisco offices.
Canadian creative shop Lowe Roche will close by the end of the year, four years after founder and CEO Geoffrey Roche left the agency he opened in 1991 as Geoffrey B. Roche & Partners and sold to Interpublic Group of Cos. in 1997. The Toronto shop was one of the first to be named Ad Age's International Agency of the Year in 1998, and was one of Canada's most acclaimed agency brands. Canada's Marketing magazine reported the closing of Lowe Roche, and that the office had dwindled to about 30 to 50 people. Post-Lowe Roche, Mr. Roche and his son Alexandre started dog site 3MillionDogs.com and a fashion app called WearToday. He's also a lively presence on Twitter, where he doesn't like Donald Trump.
CP&B Boulder has promoted Matt Talbot to VP, executive creative director. In his new position, Talbot will continue to focus on the Domino's account, and will also oversee creative leadership of the Hotels.com business. Talbot joined CP&B in August of 2009 as a copywriter on the Domino's account. He was creative director on the Hotels.com pitch that won the business for CP&B and introduced brand spokesperson Captain Obvious. For Domino's, Talbot has led the creative on all U.S. work, including digital innovation for the brand and its e-commerce platforms, as well as the long running "Oh Yes We Did'" campaign. His work on the creation of emoji ordering for Domino's earlier this year won a Titanium Grand Prix at Cannes Lions.
M&C Saatchi has promoted Ben Welsh, formerly executive creative director at M&C Saatchi Sydney, to creative chairman of Asia, starting Oct. 1. His appointment follows the departure of Chris Jacques, who was regional CEO. He will be based in Sydney and travel frequently to Singapore, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Tokyo. Welsh joined M&C Saatchi Sydney in 1997 as a senior writer and was then promoted to creative director in 2003. This year he oversaw work including Optus' Clever Buoy, which won a Titanium Lion at Cannes.
L.A.-based Omelet has hired Grant Holland as chief creative officer. Holland joins from 72andSunny, where he most recently served as group creative director on Starbucks, Anheuser-Busch and Tillamook. Holland has 20 years of creative experience at agencies including Ogilvy & Mather, Team One, and 180 LA. As Omelet's CCO, he will work closely with Shannon McGlothin, who was recently promoted to executive creative director after serving nearly two years as group creative director .
FCB West has hired Elizabeth Morse as head of integrated production, a new role. Morse most recently was head of business operations at Mekanism, producing integrated content for clients including Pepsi, GE, Nordstrom, Method, Jim Beam and Charles Schwab. She was instrumental in producing the campaign surrounding the 2013 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime show featuring Beyoncé. She has also worked as director of creative development at TV development company Q Media Partners in San Francisco.
Venables Bell & Partners has made six new hires in its creative department, as a result of new business wins Miller Coors Leinenkugel's, Adidas Golf and Massage Envy. Gus Johnston, senior art director, joins after stints at BWM Melbourne, Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, and DDB Melbourne. There, he worked across product categories from Mercedes-Benz to Kmart. Ryan Hoercher, senior copywriter, spent time prior to VB&P at Deutsch LA and Goodby Silverstein and Partners. Daniel Chen, copywriter, comes to the agency from 180 LA, where he produced work for HP, the Academy, Boost Mobile, Mitsubishi, Expedia, and Zumba. Chris Bull, copywriter, joins VB&P from Butler Shine Stern and Partners where he created campaigns for Mini Cooper, Nokia, and Columbia Sportswear. Aisha Hakim, art director, was most recently at Innocean USA, where she produced a Super Bowl spot for Hyundai. Blake Johnston, designer, joins from Attik where he worked on clients such as Scion and Toyota.
Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles has hired Kristen Hosack as music supervisor. She will oversee the musical development of Toyota North America's broadcast campaigns, as well as participate in the development of various music strategies across the agency. She will report to director of content production Sara Seibert. Hosack has worked for years in the audio industry, most recently sitting on the "younger generation" executive board of thinkLA and co-producing AdJam, the advertising industry's version of Battle of the Bands.