Bob Winter Departs CP&B, Joins Design-Centric VSA Partners
The move comes as VSA, long known as a design firm, works to strengthen its consumer-marketing discipline. In the past couple years the agency has made a number of senior hires to beef up consumer marketing, including Bill Rosen, former president-chief creative officer at Arc Worldwide.
About 25% of VSA's revenue and staff of 300 is now tied to consumer marketing.
As partner-executive creative director at VSA, Mr. Winter will oversee creative for the agency's consumer-marketing operation alongside Executive Creative Director Jim Toth. Mr. Winter and Mr. Toth will work with Patrick Palmer, former exec VP-strategy at Leo Burnett, who oversees strategy and analytics at VSA.
Mr. Rosen said that the agency has been quietly branching out in the last couple years beyond its roots in design work for clients such as Harley-Davidson, Under Armour and IBM. Though Mr. Winter's move to VSA may be viewed as an "unexpected choice," Mr. Rosen said, he was an obvious exec for the job given his portfolio of work.
VSA has been been building a team to connect "digital, design, advertising and data in new and innovative ways that drive results for our clients," said Mr. Rosen. "Bob Winter is precisely the kind of industry leading creative talent who will continue to push us forward."
All four executives leading consumer marketing at VSA -- Messrs. Rosen, Toth, Winter and Palmer -- worked at Publicis Groupe's Leo Burnett and Arc Worldwide.
Mr. Winter joined CP&B in October 2012 and led creative for the agency's Miami office. Prior to that he was chief creative officer at Y&R's Chicago office, though he's probably best known for the Bud Light "Real Men of Genius" campaign, which he worked on at DDB. Mr. Winter has also had creative roles at Goodby Silverstein & Partners and at Leo Burnett. Other brands he's worked on throughout his career include McDonald's, Nintendo, Craftsman, Altoids and Netflix.
"VSA feels like a new model," Mr. Winter said in a statement. "Amazing designers and writers, super smart planners and data scientists, plus genius technologists who can make anything for any channel equals big, beautiful creative that actually works."
VSA has gradually picked up more consumer-oriented accounts since Mr. Rosen began working with the shop in December 2011, including A-B InBev's Goose Island and four Kraft brands -- Crystal Light, Kool-Aid, Country Time and Tang. VSA is the lead agency on Country Time and Tang, although it recently launched TV spots for Crystal Light.