DDB New York has hired Menno Kluin as head of art and executive creative director, a new role for the agency.
Kluin (pictured, right) who moves from Y&R where he has spent the past three years, represents DDB New York chief creative officer Matt Eastwood's (pictured, left) first major new hire since joining the office from DDB Australia in October last year.
He made his name at Saatchi & Saatchi New York, winning top international awards for his creative work, including eight Cannes Lions in his first two years. In 2007, Creativity named him Most Awarded Art Director Worldwide and his work contributed to Saatchi's Agency of the Year awards at Cannes and the Clios. In 2008, Kluin was ranked one of the Top 50 Young Creatives in the world by the Art Directors Club in New York and profiled by Creativity.
As creative director and head of art at Y&R, Kluin worked across brands such as Dell, Virgin Atlantic, LG, Colgate, MTV EXIT, VHI and Land Rover, contributing to Y&R's placing 2nd for Agency of the Year at Cannes last year. He has also served on the juries of award shows including ADC NY, D&AD Art Direction, and LIAA integrated/film jury.
Kluin told Creativity: "I am extremely excited about working with Matt and I can't wait to get started. I have known him since I was a student and have been following him admiringly for years. He did some truly stellar work at DDB Sydney and I was really excited when he took the job at DDB NY. He is doing it at the right time, with the right experience, and soon after speaking with him, I realized that working for Matt at DDB was an opportunity I just had to take."
He added: "I also believe that the network is entering an exciting time with the creative leadership they now have in place - in particular, the new additions of Matt in New York, Ewan Paterson in Chicago and Amir Kassaei as Global CCO. Not to mention that my dream agency when I was starting out was DDB London, so DDB as a network has always had a special place in my heart."
"In addition, the opportunity to run Launch Pad (DDB New York's recently-launched internship program) is one that really attracted me as well. I love working with junior teams and hope to develop some exciting, innovative work with them."