Doner Hires New Creative Director for Mazda Account

Steve Chavez Had Previously Worked on Toyota Account at Saatchi, L.A.

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NEW YORK ( -- Steve Chavez, 47, will join Doner as exec VP-exec creative director overseeing work on the agency's Mazda account, the agency said. He will start Oct. 15 in the independent agency's home office in Southfield, Mich.
Steve Chavez
Steve Chavez

Mr. Chavez had been VP-creative director on the Toyota brand at Omnicom Group's Saatchi & Saatchi, Los Angeles, but he's also worked on other car accounts at TBWA/Chiat/Day and RPA.

He succeeds Mike Belitsos, who the agency said "left to pursue other opportunities."

Mazda, in which Ford Motor Co. holds a controlling interest, spent $230 million in U.S. measured media in calendar 2007, according to TNS Media Intelligence.
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