W+K Hires Digital Duo, Ackley Joins Doner and More

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Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam has added Max Arlestig and Max Gebhardt to its interactive creative team. Prior to joining W+K, the two spent a year at R/GA New York and freelanced in London and Sydney. Both are ex-Berghs and Miami Ad School, and finished their advertising studies in Hamburg in 2011. They won the Young Guns award in 2011 and were featured in the Top 30 Under 30 Most Creative People in Advertising by Business Insider 2012. Arlestig is Swedish, while Gebhardt is German.

Doner has named Chad Ackley executive VP, executive creative director for the agency. He most recently served as group creative director for DDB, San Francisco, working for clients such as Clorox, Brita, ESPN, Liquid-Plumr, ConAgra Foods, Green Works and Armor All. Doner has also promoted both Karen Cathel and Sam Sefton from creative director to senior VP, group creative director, and Stephen Bantien, Scott Campbell, Paul Forsyth and Alana Kulas from associate creative director to creative director.

CP+B has hired several new creatives in its Miami office. Creative director Tim Wettstein joins from from JWT where he was group creative director overseeing clients such as Jiffy Lube, Pennzoil, FEMA, Scana Energy and US Virgin Islands. Prior to that, he was as an associate creative director at BBDO. His work there for Autism Speaks was named the most effective Ad Council campaign for three years in a row.

Kostas Karanikolas also joins CP+B as creative director from BBDO, where he was freelancing for more than a year as a digital creative director on the P&G/Gillette Global account, and led the K.I.S.S. and The City Is Your Gym campaigns. Prior to that, he spent time at Digitas, Rapp, Adel Saatchi & Saatchi, Agency.com and Grey. He also previously co-founded and held the role of creative director for interactive studio KNK Design Systems.

CP+B has also hired associate creative directors Rick Abbott (left) and Matt Orser (below), art director Eli Perez de Gracia, and copywriter Elena Romeu. Abbot comes to CP+B from RPA in LA where he was a senior writer, and Orser also joins from RPA where he was associate creative director on Farmers and Acura. Perez de Gracia is a former creative intern at CP+B, returning to the agency after a two and a half year stint at Mullen, and Romeu also joins from Mullen.

London creative agency Inferno has appointed Mark Dickens as head of visual output and Frederico Roberto as assistant creative director. Dickens was previousy deputy creative director at Iris, and has worked for agencies, including Ogilvy and HHCL, working on accounts such as Mercedes, TFL and Sky+. Roberto previously held the positions of creative director at TORKE, a Portuguese guerilla ad agency, and of brand action lead at Brandia Central, working on accounts including Vodafone and UEFA. Inferno also appointed Chris Baker as head of strategy. He previously served as the strategic lead on the Ladbrokes and Lucozade accounts at SapientNitro across brand and digital work.

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