Y&R's McKechnie joins DDB NY, Doubal and Thomson promoted at McCann London and more.
Andrew McKechnie has joined DDB New York as group creative director, overseeing creative for the global Reebok account that the agency won in January. McKechnie, who reports to Matt Eastwood, chief creative officer of DDB New York, was previously executive creative director at Y&R NY, where he led the Land Rover North America, LG Global, United States Olympic Committee, and Footaction accounts. During this time, he helped launch the Team USA "Raise Our Flag" integrated campaign for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Originally from New Zealand, McKechnie started his career as a copywriter in Asia, where he worked at shops including Foote Cone & Belding, JWT and BBDO. He also spent time at Modernista! before moving to New York. He has won gold medals at international awards shows including Cannes, The One Show, Clio, ADC, Young Guns, AICP, and AdFest.
McCann London has promoted co-executive creative directors Rob Doubal and Laurence Thomson to the new roles of co-presidents and chief creative officers. The promotion, one of a number of moves at McCann Worldgroup, sees them report to Gustavo Martinez, president, McCann Worldgroup Europe, Asia & Pacific. Doubal and Thomson who joined McCann London from Wieden + Kennedy in May 2012.
CP+B has made several new hires in its L.A. office, including two associate creative directors, Chris DeNinno and Antonio Marcato. DeNinno (left) comes to CP+B from Deutsch/LA where he recently finished work on the "Always One of a Kind" rebranding campaign for Dr Pepper. Prior to Deutsch/LA, he was a senior copywriter at TBWAChiatDay. Marcato (below) joins from from RPA where he was a senior art director and before that worked for seven years at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, as well as Mark/BBDO, Prague. Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, he has created work for clients like Microsoft, Chevrolet, Hewlett-Packard, Comcast, Sprint, Frito Lay, TAP Project, Trident, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, AIDES of France, Got Milk? and HBO. Also new are senior art directors McKay Hathaway, who joins CP+B from Leo Burnett Chicago, and Ryan Wi, who joins from TBWA/ Media Arts Lab. Senior copywriter Ryan Montanti joins CP+B from McCann Erickson, and senior copywriter Daniel Streadbeck (Sr. Copywriter) joins most recently from Ogilvy & Mather in Chicago.
Former Cossette Vancouver creative directors Rob Sweetman and Bryan Collins are part of a team that has set up 123W, a new Vancouver-based agency. Other partners include Jeff Harrison, director of design at Rethink for the past eight years, and director of business Scot Keith, who worked on Hockey Canada's "Relax, it's just a game" TV ads. Sweetman and Collins have been partnered for more than a dozen years in Calgary and Vancouver, moving to Cossette Vancouver in 2008. There, in 2010, they helped the network open Dare Vancouver. Clients so far at 123W have included Canadian Pacific and SAXX Underwear
Portland agency VIA has made a number of new creative hires. They include associate creative director David Grindon, who comes to VIA from The Martin Agency where he was an art director working on included Discover Card, 1-800 CONTACTS, Geico and Walmart. Copywriter Dan Jordan most recently worked as a copywriter at Energy BBDO in Chicago and at David&Goliath in Los Angeles. His past clients include Wrigley, Kia Motors, Dunkin' Donuts, Carl's Jr. and Liberty Mutual. Associate producer Barry Wolford joins after working in production at DIRECTV Creative Services in Los Angeles..
Interbrand has appionted Scott Christie as creative director of its Toronto Office. Christie is a former partner and creative director of Pylon Design, where he worked for 14 years overseeing the organization's identity design practice and leading corporate brand programs for clients including Magellan Aerospace, University of Toronto's MUNK School of Global Affairs and Unilock.
Dare Vancouver has hired Sarah Hancock as head of production & creative resourcing. Over a 20 yera career Hancock has worked for brands such as Sony Music, Siemens and Penguin Books, and organizations such as Intro, Luminous, VANOC, the Rick Hansen Foundation and Red Rocket Creative Strategies. She began her career as a production manager with Getty Images.