Walton Isaacson Taps Cornelious as CCO, Gairard Joins Johannes Leonardo
Vida Cornelious has joined cross cultural agency Walton Isaacson as executive VP and chief creative officer. Cornelious, who was named one of Ad Age's Women to Watch in 2009, joins from multicultural agency GlobalHue, where she was chief creative officer. She led Jeep North America advertising efforts, including two Super Bowl spots: Jeep's "Whole Again" featuring Oprah Winfrey and Chrysler's "America's Import" with Bob Dylan. Her 18-year career includes a job as VP, creative director at DDB Chicago where she helped create campaigns for McDonald's, Dell Computers, JC Penney, State Farm, Qwest and Budweiser. At Walton Isaacson, Cornelious will report to co-founders Aaron Walton and Cory Isaacson.
Cedric Gairard has joined Johannes Leonardo as head of production. Gairard was a founding member of 180 Amsterdam, producing work such as Adidas' "Impossible is Nothing" campaign, and was also a founding member and executive producer at Nexus Interactive Arts, where he produced Chipotle's "Back to the Start" campaign that won a 2012 Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions festival. In 2013, he moved to New York to launch Pulse Films USA, a joint venture with Caviar Content. At Johannes Leonardo, he will oversee all aspects of production and will report to the agency's co-founders and chief creative officers, Jan Jacobs and Leo Premutico.
BBDO Paris has promoted Matthieu Elkaim, formerly creative director of CLM BBDO, to the new role of creative director for the whole BBDO Paris Group. Elkaim, who joined CLM BBDO in 2012 and previously worked for DDB Paris, will oversee 60 creative staff at CLM BBDO and Proximity BBDO. That includes CLM BBDO's creative director, Eric Pierre, and three vice creative directors from Proximity BBDO: Audrey Tamic, Nicolas Demeersman and Christophe Di Fiore.
Los Angeles-based creative agency Enso has appointed Niklas Lilja as innovation lead. Prior to joining Enso, Lilja was the director of innovation and creative director at Goodby Silverstein & Partners San Francisco, where his work included the launch of the Chevy Sonic, Chevy Game Time, GE's "Plug into the Smart Grid", Yahoo! Bus Stop Derby and"Summit on the Summit" for HP. Enso counts Google Fiber and Google Get Your Business Online among its clients.
BMF Sydney has added creative duo Nicole Hetherington and Simon Fowler to the Australian agency's creative department. The New Zealanders moved to Sydney five years ago after winning New Zealand's Young Lions competition, and have since created campaigns for brands including Sony, Virgin Mobile, eBay and Diet Coke. During a recent stint at Havas their 'Save Our Sons' campaign picked up Australia's first D&AD Black Pencil for innovation. It featured a petition-signing robot that wrote by hand more than 32,000 signatures on behalf of a Sydney boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Former Mother staffers Liam Fay-Fright and Aaron Cole have teamed up to launch Semaphore London, a U.K. agency that will specialize in branded content, PR and advertising. Fay-Fright was formerly the director of communications at Mother and D&AD, and came to PR from a creative production background. Cole was previously a business director at Mother, and has worked at The Corner, Fallon and TMW.