Ad Age is pleased to announce Ann-Christine Diaz has been promoted to Creativity Editor, where she will lead all coverage of the advertising creative and production industries, design and digital creativity.
Ms. Diaz joined Ad Age as an intern in 1999 and moved over to Creativity as a staff reporter in 2000. As she worked her way up the ranks, she amassed a deep understanding of the creative advertising industry.
"Ann is a trendspotter with an extraordinary knowledge of the creative industry," said Ad Age VP-Publisher Allison Arden. "With important plans on the horizon for Creativity , I am so happy to have Ann leading the charge for us."
The announcement comes at an exciting time for Creativity . On Monday Ad Age will debut the first of what will be an annual Creativity Issue, which features the Creativity 50 list of the most creative minds in business, entertainment, technology and art over the past year. Later in the week, on June 9, Creativity hosts the annual CAT: Creativity and Technology Conference in New York, where speakers from Facebook, MakerBot and BlueFin Labs, among others, will talk about how technology is delighting and surprising in very human ways. On June 13 Ad Age and Creativity celebrate the industry's young creatives, unveiling the second annual Global Cover Contest winner, who will be feted at a cocktail party at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity .
"Marketers have never been so interested in creativity and the marriage of creativity and all things digital is bearing all sorts of new possibilities," said Ad Age Editor Abbey Klaassen. "We realize the great opportunity we have for Ad Age and Creativity to work closely to serve marketers and I'm confident Creativity will flourish under Ann."
Under Ms. Diaz, Creativity -online.com will continue to be the ultimate source for what is good in advertising, design and digital creativity. She will be focused on growing the site as a resource for creatives and designers as well as bringing coverage of the creative industries and trends to a broader audience via Ad Age . She will also be instrumental in launching a major new product at Ad Age and Creativity that will create a greater presence for agencies and creatives on the sites. Ad Age will be adding to the Creativity team to help execute those plans; stay tuned on that front.
Prior to joining Ad Age , Ms. Diaz received her master's degree in journalism from New York University and, before that , worked as a researcher at the New York bureau of Chunichi/Tokyo Shimbun, a major Japanese newspaper. She graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, with a B.A. in sociology and a minor in Japanese language. While her conversational Japanese has faded, she'll on occasion user her skills to tune into a Japanese TV show or two.