Rodrigues Leaves Publicis for WMcCann, BBH China Hires BBDO's Tsang

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Hugo Rodrigues
Hugo Rodrigues Credit: Publicis

Hugo Rodrigues is joining WMcCann in Brazil as CEO and chairman, leaving Publicis after 18 years. Rodrigues, one of Brazil's leading creatives, has been CEO of Sao Paulo agencies Publicis Brasil and Publicis Salles Chemistri for the last three years. He started as a copywriter in 1990 and rose through the creative ranks to chief operating officer and chief creative officer in 2011, and became CEO in 2014.

Washington Olivetto
Washington Olivetto Credit: McCann

WMcCann needed a top exec with a strong creative background following the departure of Washington Olivetto to London, where he will consult for McCann Worldgroup. Olivetto's agency W/ merged with McCann Erickson in Sao Paulo in 2010 to form WMcCann and Olivetto became chairman, saying at the time that he would stay for 7 years. This summer he moved with his family to London. To replace Rodrigues, Publicis is promoting Miriam Shirley, VP of media, and Eduardo Lorenzi, VP of planning, to run the agency as co-presidents.

Arto Hampartsoumian, Tim Browne, Christine Ng and Arthur Tsang
Arto Hampartsoumian, Tim Browne, Christine Ng and Arthur Tsang Credit: BBH China

BBH China is hiring Arthur Tsang as chief creative officer in one of a number of moves at the agency. Most recently chief creative officer of BBDO Beijing and executive creative director of BBDO South China and BBDO Guangzhou, Tsang has worked on brands including Dove, Wrigley, Mars, Mercedes Benz, Coca-Cola and Unilever. The agency is also hiring Tim Browne as head of planning. He was most recently head of planning at McCann Healthcare London and before that worked at JWT London and Euro RSCG Worldwide. BBH China is also promoting Arto Hampartsoumian and Christine Ng, who co-founded the agency in 2006, to executive chairman and CEO respectively.

Donna West
Donna West Credit: Interbrand

Interbrand is appointing Donna West, formerly associate creative director at Bulletproof, as creative director in London. Reporting to Interbrand's Executive Creative Director Sue Daun, West will head up Interbrand's consumer team and be responsible for the creative output and growth of the consumer side of the business. She has previously worked with brands including Mondelez, Unilever, Pizza Express, GHD, PepsiCo, Diageo and Nestlé.

Sam Ewen
Sam Ewen Credit: Fake Love

Sam Ewen is joining Fake Love as director of new business at the Brooklyn-based agency, which is owned by The New York Times. Ewen most recently served as executive creative director of experiential at Clique Media Group. He is best known for using interactive technology and social media for brands like Adidas and Nars.

Karen McKinley
Karen McKinley Credit: Gatesman

Gatesman is appointing Karen McKinley as executive VP, chief creative officer for the agency's Pittsburgh, Chicago and Springfield offices. Most recently she was creative director at Made Movement in Boulder, and she has also worked at Leo Burnett, Martin/Williams, Carmichael Lynch, Campbell Mithun, Doe Anderson and McKee Wallwork Henderson. She has worked with brands such as Porsche, Subaru, Kellogg's, General Motors, Jim Beam, Verizon, Lyft and Under Armour.

Elisabeth Boonin
Elisabeth Boonin Credit: Ueno
David Navarro
David Navarro Credit: Ueno

Digital agency Ueno is hiring David Navarro as executive creative director for its New York office and Elisabeth Boonin as U.S. executive technology director based out of its San Francisco office. Navarro comes to Ueno from Stink Studios in New York, where he was creative director for the past year working on clients such as Alphabet, Samsung, Spotify, Calvin Klein, Pitchfork, Audible, Starbucks and Wired. Prior to that he was digital creative director and head of design for JWT in Amsterdam from 2013 to 2016. His work on "The Next Rembrandt" won a Grand Prix for Creative Data and a Grand Prix Cyber at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2016. Boonin was previously chief technology officer at Vela, a web-based platform that allows Etsy sellers to manage and edit their listings.

Lori DeBortoli
Lori DeBortoli Credit: Set

WPP experience agency Set is hiring Lori DeBortoli as managing director of its Portland and Los Angeles offices. She has spent more than a decade in senior production and client relations roles at agencies including Wieden & Kennedy, AKQA and CP&B, producing projects for Procter & Gamble, Kraft and Oreo. She has also worked on Nike campaigns such as the 2011 Nike Mag launch on behalf of the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

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