TBWA/Chiat/Day L.A. Hires Knight, Escobar Joins Y&R Mexico and More
TBWA/Chiat/Day L.A. has hired Linda Knight as executive creative director. Knight will be working across several agency accounts including Miller Lite, and will join fellow agency ECDs Fabio Costa and Brent Anderson in reporting to Chief Creative Officer Stephen Butler. Knight began her career in Australia before joining Wieden & Kennedy, where she spent almost a decade working in both the Portland and Amsterdam offices prior to starting her freelance career. As a freelancer, she has worked with R/GA, TBWA/Media Arts Lab, Ogilvy, Saatchi & Saatchi and CAA, and in countries including the U.S., U.K., Australia, Japan, China, Brazil, Canada and Argentina, creating campaigns for brands such as Nike, Adidas, Gatorade and Coca-Cola.
Saul Escobar, a creative director at Grupo Gallegos, is returning to his native Mexico as chief creative officer of Y&R Mexico, starting this month. Escobar moved to the U.S. in 2006 to join the creative department of Grupo Gallegos, a Los Angeles-based independent U.S. Hispanic agency, and spent almost 10 years there. He started his career as a copywriter at Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi in Mexico City, then joined JWT Mexico as creative director in 2000.
Argonaut has hired Matt Ashworth as executive creative director and also promoted David Kim to that role. Ashworth has more than 20 years of experience, having worked at shops like Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Hal Riney & Partners, Butler Shine, Stern & Partners and The Martin Agency. He has created work for brands such as Jeep, TD Ameritrade, Chevrolet, HP, Appleton Estate Rum, and Fitbit. Kim brings more than 12 years of creative agency experience with Deutsch, Venables Bell & Partners and TBWA/Chiat/Day. At VB&P he helped create Intel's "The Chase" video, recognized by TED as one of its top 10 Ads Worth Spreading.
McCann Paris has appointed Riccardo Fregoso and Julien Chiapolini as executive creative directors. Chiapolini and Fregoso first began working as creative partners in 2009 at TBWA/Media Arts Lab Paris. In 2013 they moved to Ogilvy France where their client work included projects for Coca-Cola and the launch of Netflix in France. They have won seven Cannes Lions, including the first and only French Data Lion.
DDB & Tribal Worldwide, Amsterdam has promoted Stephen Joss to creative director, joining Bram Holzapfel in forming the agency's newest creative duo. Joss has worked for the agency since 2013 as a senior art director, partnering with Holzapfel on global campaigns including #ChampionTheMatch for Heineken International and working on clients such as McDonald's, Adidas, KLM and TomTom. Previously, he was in Australia at DDB Sydney and GPY&R Melbourne.
Ana Balarin and Hermeti Balarin, the recently-appointed executive creative directors at Mother London, have added four new creative duos to their creative department. South African duo Jonathan Santana and Xander Smith join Mother after careers at TBWA/Paris and Saatchi & Saatchi having worked for brands such as Visa and Guinness. Matt Leach and Jess Oudot join from McGarryBowen, and previously worked at JWT on brands such as Kenco on its "Coffee vs Gangs" campaign. Mike Kennedy and Pauline Ashford had worked at Grey London since 2012 on brands including Vodafone, News UK, Schwartz, Lucozade and Duracell, while Lisa Turner-Wray and Raine Allen Miller have experience at Anomaly, and have worked at Mother on projects including Moneysupermarket's "Epic Builder."
Camp & King has hired Stacy McClain as its director of content production. McClain started her career at Young & Rubicam, and went on to produce some of the first Got Milk? and Foster Farms Chicken campaigns at Goodby Silverstein & Partners. Later, she joined Black Rocket as director of broadcast, where she produced the first Yahoo spots. As a freelancer, she has worked on ads for the likes of Mini, AT&T, Visa and Priceline.
Havas Worldwide New York has added Jonas Wittenmark and Tobias Carlson as creative directors. Previously,the pair were creative directors at Mother NY, where they produced work for brands including Stella Artois and Stella Artois Cidre. They first teamed up at Mother London in 2003 and went on to StrawberryFrog Amsterdam. More recently, they worked together at CP&B Scandinavia in Stockholm, where they ran Scandinavian Airlines and Sony Mobile.