Virtue gets a CCO for North America, R/GA New York elevates creative leadership

And more of the latest industry moves

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Cameron Farrelly
Cameron Farrelly Credit: Virtue

Virtue appointed Cameron Farrelly its chief creative officer of North America. He joined the agency in 2016 as group creative director, leading creative efforts in the Brooklyn office. Now he will oversee the offices in Los Angeles and Canada as well, nearly a year after Vice Media merged Carrot Creative into Virtue Worldwide. Previously, he was an executive creative director at Universal Music Group and helped launch the company's creatve agency, Bring.

Kim Laama and Will Esparza
Kim Laama and Will Esparza Credit: R/GA

R/GA hired Kim Laama as group executive creative director in the New York office and promoted Will Esparza to svp, executive creative director West Coast, campaigns. Most recently, Laama led brand experience initiatives at AKQA in New York and San Francisco, working with clients including Audi, Nike, Soho House, Verizon, Volvo and Xbox. Esparza joined the agency nearly five years ago. Ben Williams, Chris Northam and Eric Jannon have all been promoted to svp, executive creative director, heads of creative. The three will operate as creative leads for R/GA New York.

Emily Khalil, Jeremy Elliot, Jessica Tainsh
Emily Khalil, Jeremy Elliot, Jessica Tainsh Credit: Firstborn

Firstborn promoted Emily Khalil from director of production to vp of production, Jeremy Elliot from ACD to creative director and Jessica Tainsh from art director to associate creative director. Khalil joined the agency in 2016 and has held positions at Makeable and The Wonderfactory. Elliot will lead creative direction for Adidas Originals and NYU Langone Health. Previously he worked at The Barbarian Group and Fluid on accounts including Samsung, Puma, Levis, Target and M&M's. Tainsh joined from Williams in 2016 and has worked as a graphic designer in Paris and Sydney.

Cody Tilson and Kyle Shoup
Cody Tilson and Kyle Shoup Credit: Leviathan

Leviathan hired Creative Director Cody Tilson and promoted Kyle Shoup to executive creative director. Most recently, Tilson was an associate creative director at Digital Kitchen in Chicago, and he has held positions at Blast Radius and Designkitchen, working with clients including Blizzard Entertainment and HBO. He also spent six years as senior designer and art director at Playboy Magazine. Shoup joined the agency in 2013 from Foundation Content and has worked on projects for HBO, MTV, VH1, the Art Institute of Chicago and Sundance TV.

DeLeon, Fouad, Guillermo Rodriguez, Grady
DeLeon, Fouad, Guillermo Rodriguez, Grady Credit: C&G Partners

Design studio C&G Partners promoted four to newly created director-level positions: Director of Technology Red DeLeon, Design Directors Daniel Fouad and Daniel Guillermo Rodriguez and Director of Project Management Laura Grady. Alex Kelly and Kathryn Bowne have been promoted to senior producers. Melinda Sekela was promoted to senior designer.

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