Facebook's Pak Joins Havas Canada, La Comunidad Hires Wheeler and More
Havas Worldwide has promoted Helen Pak to president and chief creative officer for its Canadian team. Ms. Pak was formerly the global creative strategist at Facebook Canada and prior to that was executive creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi Canada. She has also worked at Taxi, Ogilvy and JWT in Canada, as well as StrawberryFrog in Amsterdam. Her promotion is part of a management restructuring that also sees Ann Bouthillier promoted to CEO of Havas Worldwide Canada. She was formerly the CEO of Palm + Havas.
SapientNitro's La Comunidad has hired Jake Wheeler as creative director. Wheeler joins the Miami-based agency from Grey New York, where he led the Volvo North America business. Prior to Grey, he served as creative director at SapientNitro, splitting his time between Miami and Shanghai. While at SapientNitro, he led projects for Ferrari, ran the U.S. digital business for Fiat Chrysler, and oversaw projects for Bacardi, Tag Heuer, and Microsoft in China. He will report to La Comunidad's founders and chief creative officers, Jose and Joaquin Molla.
CP&B has appointed Rupert Samuel to executive director of content production. In his new role, he will oversee all production for the four CP&B offices in the U.S. as well as consulting with the agency's global offices. Mr. Samuel rejoins CP&B, where he began his career and was named VP of integrated production in 2002. In 2007 he left to become one of the founders of a new agency, Goodness Manufacturing, which was ultimately acquired by entertainment company Trailer Park.
Fernando Militerno is joining independent digital shop Cuko in Argentina as executive creative director to work with founder Javier Ghia, a former Bloomberg exec who started the Buenos Aires shop almost four years ago (the name Cuko comes from the idea of forming a curious company). Mr. Militerno was previously regional creative director at Del Campo Saatchi & Saatchi, a leading creative shop in Argentina. Mr. Ghia's original creative head Pablo Capara remains a partner but left his daily role at the agency this year to open a local hot dog restaurant called Dogg in Buenos Aires.
Isobar has appointed Dave Budge to the role of executive creative director, Australia. Mr. Budge was the creative director with the original Visual Jazz Isobar team, then spent five years directing film, television and digital content before re-joining Isobar in January 2014. He has directed and produced commercials and content for David Jones, Holden and Samsung as well as TV series and feature films, including the Tribeca Award-winning "Grey Matter."
Boston agency Forge Worldwide has hired Andy Riley as an associate creative director. He will work on accounts including Isenberg School of Management, Emerson Hospital, and Cisco. Prior to joining the agency, Mr. Riley spent seven years with Digitas LBi working on creative direction and design for clients including General Motors, Oral-B, Tide, Bank of America, AOL and Astrazeneca.