R/GA has announced its first key hires to its Singapore office. Ronnie Liew will serve as senior technology director, and Missy Devlin joins as group account director. Liew was previously associate director-creative development, for AKQA San Francisco. He provided technical leadership and oversaw the creative development for some of the agency's key clients, such as Nike, Gap, and Xbox. Mr. Liew has won many major industry awards for his work, including One Show Interactive Gold and Silver Awards, London International Awards, the Singapore Creative Circle Awards, and the Asia Interactive Awards. In 2009, Creativity named Liew one of the ad world's most inspired creative technologists.
David&Goliath has appointed John Davis as executive creative director of its European operations, which includes offices in London and Frankfurt.This will be Mr. Davis' second time working for D&G -- from 2001 to 2004, he was as an associate creative director at the agency, producing work for clients including Kia, Mattel and Bacardi. Mr. Davis most recently worked as creative director on Volkswagen at Deutsch, L.A. During his time at Deutsch, he helped launch and re-brand clients including Toyota, Airwalk Footwear, Bacardi USA, Old Navy, Levis, MTV, Dr Pepper and Mattel. He has won numerous awards including the New York Art Directors Club, Cannes, L.A. Creative Club, Communication Arts and the British D&AD awards. Joining Mr. Davis in D&G's European network is creative team Rob Porteous and Dave Askwith, who will replace Ben Callis and Justin Barnes as Creative Directors of D&G London. Both will work on Kia Motors U.K. and Europe.
Crispin Porter & Bogusky has hired Matt Ian as creative director (pictured) and Greg O'Neal as account director on Microsoft. Matt Ian is a multiple-award-winning creative who comes to CP&B from BBH, New York, where he was the creative director running Sprite. He was at BBH for almost eight years, during which time he wrote campaigns for brands such as Johnnie Walker, Levis, Axe, Vitamin Water and Smirnoff Raw Tea ("Tea Partay"). Before joining CP&B, Mr. O'Neal was a client partner at Razorfish, where he oversaw strategy and led some of the agency's award-winning work for clients such as Kraft, AT&T, Mattel, Morgan Stanley and Unilever. Ms. Devlin comes to R/GA from INSEAD, one of the world's largest business schools, where she was the global director of marketing. Previously, she was the VP-marketing, Asia-Pacific and Japan, for APC-MGE, a division of Schneider Electric, and also served as the regional director, client services, for OgilvyOne Worldwide, where she managed high-growth client relationships (Nokia, Cisco, SAP, and American Express) and led regional new-business pitches and rollouts of major campaigns. Me.
Venables Bell & Partners has added Lee Einhorn as associate creative director/digital lead. Einhorn comes to VB&P from Rabbit Content, where he was a director and creative director. Prior to that, he created short films and online content for entertainment startup Blowtorch as creative director and also worked at Mekanism, where he created and directed digital content for clients such as Nike, Microsoft (Zune), Sprint, PG&E and Mike's Hard Lemonade. He began his career at Publicis & Hal Riney and Arnold, producing award-winning work for Sprint, H-P, Jamba Juice, truth? and Monster.com.
New York-based Nola Pictures has just added director Nick Lewin to its roster. Lewin previously worked through Crossroads in the U.S. and co-ran the production company Lewin & Watson in London. His extensive commercial portfolio includes work for American Express, Chevrolet, Diet Coke, Hershey's, Levis and many others. Lewin has taken home awards from Cannes, the British Television Advertising Awards, the Clios and the NY Art Directors Club. In addition to advertising, Lewin's work includes The Bloody Chamber, a feature film for Paramount, and the modern ballet documentary Tzcyk.
Editing and graphic design company The Field has signed editor Barrett Heathcote for exclusive U.S. representation. The signing marks the London-based editor's official entry into the U.S. market. A longtime collaborator with director Duncan Jones, Mr. Heathcote was the visual-effects editor on Mr. Jones' award-winning feature film "Moon."