Sheehan Named President At Hill, Holliday

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Mike Sheehan, president of Hill, Holliday's flagship Boston office, has been promoted to president of the entire agency, which includes offices in New York, San Francisco, and Fort Lauderdale. "It's been kind of a slow steady progression," says Sheehan, who first joined Hill, Holliday in 1994 as group creative director overseeing the Lotus account. "It's a natural thing, too, because it's always been a strong creative shop. There are strong relationships too, but creative has always been at the core of it." Karen Kaplan, formerly managing director, replaces Sheehan as president of the Boston office.

After joining the agency as a group CD, Sheehan became creative director of the Boston office in 1997, the same year a series of Tony Kaye-directed spots he created for John Hancock took home the Grand Clio. He left Hill, Holliday in 1999 to oversee McDonald's creative at DDB/Chicago, but returned last year to helm the Boston office. He now takes over a chain of offices that have been on a winning streak in recent weeks. The San Francisco office recently landed the Red Roof Inn, Togo's Eateries, and Veritas Software accounts, while the Boston office landed the account of auto security firm LoJack. "Everyone was stung in the first half of the year, but we didn't let it paralyze us and we've had a good second half," Sheehan says.

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