After years in top roles at a string of major global ad agencies, WPP and MullenLowe veteran George Rogers has made the move to a small-scale shop, joining Boston-based agency and brand consultancy The Fantastical as its new chief operating officer and managing partner.
“Since the past 10 to 12 years or so, I’m sort of not involved in the work anymore. I’m involved in clients and negotiations and the business side of the business, but I love the work,” says Rogers, whose new role is effective immediately but who has worked in conjunction with The Fantastical’s team since February. “It’s an opportunity to be much closer to the work.”
Rogers is joining the shop as the self-described “third leg of the stool” alongside its founding partners Michael Ancevic and Steve Mietelski; the trio have known each other since the early 2000s, Rogers says, and have “stayed in touch ever since.”
“I think we have complementary skill sets,” Rogers adds. “This is a chance to increase the business capability and business acumen of the company. They’re interested in growing and taking this to the next level. I have a track record of growth and a track record of scaling, and that’s the kind of stuff these guys want to do.”
“Michael (Ancevic) and I have been friends and colleagues with George for a long time," Mietelski says of Rogers. "Having him come on board as a partner feels more like bringing the band back together than adding a new member."
He and Ancevic will remain at the creative helm of the agency, with Rogers fostering client relationships and brand building, Mietelski says.