At Nike, DeFlorio had moved up to global advertising director after overseeing European and U.S. duties. At Mother, DeFlorio handled a diverse client list that included Target, Dell, New Balance, Ten Cane Rum, Virgin Mobile, Blue Q and NBC. He also helped the agency open its own hot dog stand-turned-restaurant, Dogmatic, now based in New York's Union Square. A Mother representative has said the agency does not yet have a replacement for DeFlorio.
Poke London founding partner and creative director Simon Waterfall will be leaving the agency. Co-founders Nike Roope and Iain Tait are now serving as joint creative directors. Waterfall will wind down his client duties over the next few months and has yet to announce his next move. Aside from his work at Poke, Waterfall had also served as president of the D&AD and launched the Social Suicide clothing line.
Pentagram partner Kit Hinrichs has left the design consultancy to start his own independent design firm Studio Hinrichs, based in San Francisco. Hinrichs had worked at Pentagram for 23 years, on clients like Design Within Reach, California Academy of Sciences, Pacific Gas & Electric, Gymboree, Muzak, Sappi Fine Paper and Hemispheres Magazine. Additionally, Hinrichs is partnering with writer/longtime collaborator Delphine Hirasuna on an ancillary business called Hinrichs+ Hirasuna Special Projects. The San Francisco office of Pentagram remains open after Hinrichs' departure.
180 Los Angeles has hired former Goodby creative Ari Weiss as creative director. Weiss started out as an intern at Goodby before moving on to stints at Cliff Freeman & Partners, Saatchi & Saatchi, BBDO New York and Wieden. He eventually returned to Goodby, where he was a group creative director and helped to create the much honored "There Can Only Be One" campaign for the NBA. Weiss' ad oeuvre also includes work for FedEx, Guinness, Nike, ESPN, Fox Sports and the BBC.
TBWA Hakuhodo has hired Kazoo Sato as senior creative director. Sato had previously worked at Dentsu and Leo Burnett join venture Beacon Communications, which he joined in 1999. Sato has created award-winning work for clients like P&G, Coca-Cola and McDonalds. Outside of advertising, Sato also previously worked at Sony Music Entertainment. He also designs CD jackets and produces music videos and live concerts.
Former Goodby ACD Will Hammond has joined TBWA/Chiat/Day as creative director on the Visa account. At Goodby, Hammond had worked on Hyundai, Emerald Nuts and Adobe. Hammond's career has taken him all over the globe. He previously worked in Vancouver at DDB Canada and Rethink Communications; and before he arrived in North America he worked in South Africa, at the Johannesburg offices of Saatchi & Saatchi and Ogilvy and Mather.
The TBWA/Chiat/Day L.A. Visa team also welcomes Shaun Rance as interaction designer. Rance was formerly associate experience designer at AKQA and also previously served at Roundarch, Hired Guns and Organic. Art directors Dana Markee and Xanthe Hohalek have also been promoted to associate creative directors. Markee will work on Visa, while Hohalek will be on the Pepsi team.