• Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020
VMLY&R promotes Teresa Barnhill to lead Memphis office
Teresa Barnhill

VMLY&R has promoted Teresa Barnhill to lead the agency’s Memphis office, which primarily serves the United States Navy Recruiting Command, Amtrak, FedEx and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Barnhill will continue to lead strategy and insights for the United States Navy Recruiting Command client partnership. As she steps into her expanded role, Barnhill will focus on workplace, workforce, marketplace and community development for the Memphis team. Her priorities will include pipeline development and mentorship partnerships with local universities like LeMoyne-Owen College and local charter schools like Memphis Merit Academy. 

Barnhill brings nearly two decades of experience developing marketing, creative, and product creation strategies for brands such as Hallmark Cards and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A lover of language, culture, and social trends, she is passionate about developing inspired, data-grounded insights to fuel marketing and creative solutions. Since joining VMLY&R in November, Barnhill has led strategy for the Navy client partner and been a key leader in VMLY&R’s Transformation Initiative, which aims to implement integration efforts that combat systemic racism across all areas of the business, both client-facing and internal.

“I’m excited to continue curating and nurturing the culture of the VMLY&R Memphis team,” Barnhill said. “Our vision is to be one of the most respected employers in Memphis that delivers the highest-caliber creative and strategic work, and I’m looking forward to delivering on that goal.” 
Barnhill is a graduate of East Carolina University with a B.S. in English and an M.S. in English and multicultural studies. She also earned a certificate in diversity and inclusion from Cornell University. Barnhill is the newest board member of Memphis Merit Academy and volunteers as a diversity, equity, and inclusion coach for nonprofit organizations and small businesses in the Greater Memphis area. 

  • Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
Lisa Houck named managing director at Uppercut
Lisa Houck

Lisa Houck has joined the executive team as managing director at Uppercut, an editorial, finishing, and VFX studio with headquarters in New York, and a soon-to-be-opened office in Atlanta. 
With 20 years of experience in artist representation, business development, production, and postproduction, Houck is most recently known for her talent agency, Salon Reps, which she launched in 2010. She has produced editorial, animation, and visual effects for integrated campaigns with global brands and agencies. Houck also led the commercial division of the award-winning Method Studios, overseeing the diversification of the company’s capabilities with the growth of its live-action arm, Method Labs.   

During such uncertain and tenuous times within the industry, Uppercut has nevertheless leveraged its capabilities to serve the market more effectively, with projects for top brands. Recent Uppercut work includes Volvo with Grey NY, Nike for R/GA, and NFL out of 72andSunny. Through its partnership with sister company Racket Club, a boutique music studio, Uppercut benefits from direct access to leading composers, and the ability to create a streamlined and fully integrated post experience through delivery. Uppercut continues to generate new business based on these strong, multi-faceted offerings and its service-oriented approach. 

“Adding Lisa to our team as managing director signals the next chapter for Uppercut,” said company founder and editor Micah Scarpelli. “We look forward to building upon our proven resilience and substantial growth that we’ve realized during 2020, and navigate this time of expansion with Lisa’s gifts for organization, inspiration, development, and implementation at the helm. She brings energy, attention to detail, and artistic passion to all that she does.” 

  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020
Company 3 hires Jimi Vaughn as VP of diversity & engagement, launches progressive initiative
Jimi Vaughn

Jimi Vaughn will be joining Company 3’s senior leadership team as VP of diversity & engagement. 

Vaughn has a proven record of implementing successful programs in diversity, inclusion, engagement, development and organizational effectiveness with a focus on creating a thriving employee culture. By holding engaging and thought-provoking seminars and workshops, Vaughn motivates and encourages leaders and their teams to initiate change with tangible, actionable processes.

Vaughn stated, “The driver for me is to ensure every employee feels empowered and safe to show up to work, fully as themselves.”

Company 3 has also launched an initiative, “CO3 for Good,” an employee-led collective backed by the company’s executive leadership team that will spearhead and drive change within the business by participating in mentorship programs, building on policies and committing to change “for good.”

CEO and founder Stefan Sonnenfeld commented, “Our focus is on continuing to shape our company culture which we hope in turn, will impact the industry as a whole. CO3 for Good will encompass a number of initiatives that we, as a team, feel passionately about which we look forward to sharing with our clients and partners in the coming months.” 

Co3 for Good extends to their creative services family, Method Studios, Powerhouse VFX, Stereo-D, Level 3, Material, Encore VFX and Beast.   

Chief operations officer Ella Vieira commented, “CO3 for Good gives our entire creative group a strong framework for ensuring accountability and action. The passion Jimi brings to this important role is mirrored by our staff; it has been incredibly inspiring to watch our CO3 for Good volunteers quickly come together as a team despite the physical distance we’re all feeling right now. This collective focus on making meaningful change is already driving progress on both internal and external-facing initiatives that I know will make a real impact.”

  • Monday, Oct. 5, 2020
Claire Telling named chief people officer for Havas Creative North America
Claire Telling

Havas Creative North America has appointed Claire Telling, former CEO of global executive search firm Grace Blue North America, as chief people officer (CPO), a new position within the network. Telling brings 23 years of experience helping leaders of some of the world’s most iconic organizations solve business challenges by delivering smart people strategies, building high-performing teams and finding outstanding talent. 

As CPO, Telling will serve as Havas Creative North America’s strategic leader of recruitment, brand and culture. Her primary focus is to help attract the best and brightest talent to the organization through innovative, people-centered programs and processes that ensure the network’s people culture is healthy and engaged with above average retention rates.
“Winning in North America is first about gaining an unfair share of talent,” said Stephanie Nerlich, executive managing partner, North America. “Evolving our recruitment approach is a strategic growth driver, and our people-centered activities—such as hiring, training, professional development and performance management—need to make a meaningful difference through a thoughtful plan. Claire has the passion and deep expertise to serve as our talent advocate and brand builder to help attract and retain the best and brightest talent to our organization. This is even more important in the current climate, where improved diversity is critical to the future success of our group.”

At the core of this new position is rethinking and rebuilding Havas Creative North America’s recruitment plan to better optimize investments in internal and external resources as well as programming. The role of CPO will go beyond recruiting, however, to ensure that the lifecycle of each new employee is an exceptional one. Telling will help develop a progressive onboarding process that sets up new hires for a fast start and longer-term success, partnering with global talent and human resources to enhance training and development. She will centralize her work in each North America Village or agency and coordinate with local HR to support employee engagement and culture-building activities. Telling will also serve as a proactive driver and influencer to leaders across the network, helping them evolve their own leadership as it pertains to talent—and raising the bar across North America.

“Having worked with Havas as a client for many years, I have seen their commitment to being a people-first company, as well as the extraordinary talent they have attracted,” Telling added. “Havas is unlike any other agency in that its integration with Vivendi gives them access to the world’s best entertainment and content, which is incredibly appealing for anyone looking to create meaningful work. The chance to help build out the agency’s talent function and create a diverse culture where people are motivated to do the best work of their lives—at a time when Havas has such positive momentum—is very exciting to me.”

As CEO of Grace Blue North America, Telling was responsible for running the U.S. and Canada business—managing key client and candidate relationships, overseeing the New York team, and setting up new divisions for the company’s growth—since its launch in 2012. During that time, she facilitated some of the most game-changing hires in the advertising industry and was recognized for her creative approach to solving her clients’ toughest talent challenges. 

Prior to Grace Blue, Telling spent a decade at agencies including BBH, TBWA\Chiat and 72andSunny, working on brands including Miller Lite, Mentos, Unilever, Pedigree, Singapore Airlines and Sonos. The marketing executive also spent time client-side at Shopping.com, where she led the U.S. advertising team as marketing director before moving to London to set up the company’s European operations. After spending several years in London, Telling returned to New York to work at British Airways managing the airline’s marketing and brand strategy. 

Telling will report to Nerlich and be based out of Havas New York.

  • Thursday, Sep. 24, 2020
Editor Jen Dean Joins Cut+Run
Jen Dean

Cut+Run has added editor Jen Dean to its talent roster. She will be based out of the company’s New York office but is available everywhere through Cut+Run.

A native Texan, Dean went from studying experimental cinema with Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon in Boulder to assisting Hank Corwin for many years at Lost Planet. Both experiences proved invaluable as she became an editor in her own right, developing a personal style that embraces her interests in fashion, documentary, and the blending of multimedia.

Raised on a diet of MTV, music is an ever-present part of Dean’s approach to projects. Throughout her career Dean’s love of music and knowledge of film history have always been at the forefront of her collaborations in the edit. Dean’s passion for storytelling can be seen in her work with a wide range of clients including Google, Instagram, The New York Times, Samsung, M&Ms, Olay, and Cotton. In each, she conveys her affinity for developing candid, open moments that celebrate humanity with expressive style.

“Jen is a massive talent whose work reflects her originality,” said Cut+Run editor/partner Gary Knight. “And while Jen’s incredible editing style makes her a great creative fit, it’s her dedication to community and nurturing young talent that makes her a natural addition to our team.”

Dean won the first AICE Award for best editing in a music video and continues to enjoy music-driven work, most recently with her longtime-collaborator, director Danny Clinch.  A huge believer in the value of mentorship, Dean takes great pride in her time spent with assistants and getting to know the next generation of editors and creatives.

“Cut+Run is thick with people I know and admire, and the work that comes from all of the locations is constantly outstanding,” said Dean. “I look forward to when we can all be together, but already feel very connected which speaks volumes about the welcoming, creative culture.”

Prior to joining Cut+Run, Dean was with Consulate. She had earlier tenures at Arcade Edit and The Whitehouse.

  • Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2020
Editor Carla Luffe joins Rock Paper Scissors 
Carla Luffe

Editor Carla Luffe has come aboard the roster of Rock Paper Scissors (RPS) for representation in the U.S.

Luffe has quickly established herself as one of the leading young editors in Scandinavia, known for work that is simultaneously contemporary, graceful, and emotionally pronounced. She frequently collaborates with international commercial directors including Niclas Larsson, Jonas Lindstroem, and Nina Holmgren for brands ranging from Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz to Vogue and Sephora. Her latest edit for Larsson--Volvo’s September launch with Forsman & Bodenfors Sweden, “Safety First”--is a skillful use of cadence that ends with an emotional narrative twist. 

Beyond advertising, Luffe edited writer/director Gustav Möller’s 2018 high-suspense crime drama The Guilty; the intelligently crafted film was selected as the Danish submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Eve Kornblum, RPS’ managing director is enthused to now “finally lean into the U.S. chapter of Carla’s career,” describing her as “a master storyteller.” Kornblum had hoped to bring Luffe aboard RPS in the spring but those plans got pushed back--as did so many others--by the pandemic.

Luffe began her career at Lars von Trier’s Zentropa Entertainment after graduating from The National Film School of Denmark in 2015.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2020
Jamie McGarry named chief growth officer at Havas Chicago
Jamie McGarry

Havas Chicago has named Jamie McGarry as chief growth officer. She becomes part of the agency’s leadership team. 

McGarry brings a strong track record of winning new business and building and leading successful pitch teams, and has a deep understanding of client needs in an ever-changing consumer landscape. As chief growth officer, McGarry will be responsible for driving continued growth for Havas Chicago, Annex Chicago and Annex Experience, as well as partnering with other Havas agencies to drive integrated growth opportunities within the Havas Village model. She will lead a coordinated business development practice and will also oversee agency brand and communications.

McGarry joins Havas Chicago after leading business development at DDB US, where she was repeatedly promoted and increased her scope and responsibilities over the course of her six years there. Most recently at DDB US, McGarry served as EVP, director of business development, with responsibility for integrating new business efforts and driving growth across the agency’s U.S. offices, including Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

Throughout her career, McGarry has secured substantial wins, including the U.S. Army, McDonald’s, Miller Lite, Blue Moon, Fiat Chrysler, Symantec, iShares by BlackRock, Kroger, Big Lots and Jiffy Lube.

Prior to DDB, McGarry served as director of new business development at O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul and helped rapidly build the startup agency’s client roster by winning key national accounts. Previously, McGarry spent 10 years at FCB Chicago, where she rose through the ranks from business development coordinator to VP, director of new business.

As part of the marketing community at large, McGarry serves as the chair of the 4A’s National Large Agency New Business Committee and was recognized as a Working Mother of the Year by She Runs It in 2019.

McGarry’s appointment is the latest addition to the Havas Chicago leadership team. In 2019, the agency appointed award-winning creative veteran John Norman as chief creative officer, former Facebook executive and client-side marketer Nikki Laughlin as president and chief client officer, and Allison Ciummei as chief talent officer. The Havas Chicago Village executive leadership team also includes Lisa Evia, president of Havas Media, and Angelo Kritikos, chief financial officer.

Havas Chicago’s clients include AutoZone, Bel Brands, Citi, Cracker Barrel, Hefty, Michelin, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Moen, National Association of REALTORS®, Pillsbury Baking and Reynolds Consumer Products.

  • Friday, Sep. 18, 2020
Droga5 London promotes Damien Le Castrec to head of strategy
Damien Le Castrec

Damien Le Castrec, strategy director at Droga5 London, where he has worked for the past two and a half years, has been promoted to head of strategy.

The move comes as Droga5 embarks on the next stage of its growth plan--for which it will need to be able to cover the entire customer experience end to end, and to do so at the speed of culture.

In his new role, Le Castrec will have specific account responsibility for Amazon, Cupra and Barclaycard and indirectly support account strategists across the entire agency workload.

Notable accounts he has worked on in his previous position include Barclaycard Business, Amazon and Cupra

Before joining Droga5, he was at BBH, where he was Strategy Director on Audi (UK and global) and Perfetti; Publicis London; and Lowe Paris.

Dylan Williams, chief strategic officer at Droga5, said: “These are uncharted waters for our agency and for our clients and we will need brilliant strategic thinking to steer us through. We will need to adapt and evolve in ways we cannot yet know. What we can control is the talent we place at the heart of the challenges to come. In Damien we know we have a head of strategy who is ready to step up and help lead us forward. In his time with us he has proved himself on every occasion.”

  • Thursday, Sep. 17, 2020
Editor Katie Cali joins The Den
Katie Cali

The Den has added editor Katie Cali to its roster.

With her seamless cuts forming an intuitive flow, Cali has edited for dozens of clients and agencies on everything from national commercials to social media content. Global brands she has collaborated with include Beats by Dre, Samsung, Reebok, Google, Under Armour, Disney, Lincoln, and McDonald’s, and such agencies as Leo Burnett, BBH, Saatchi & Saatchi, Y&R, 72andSunny, and Funny or Die. She has worked with directors like Danny Boyle, Clayton Vomero, Rupert Smith, and Duncan Wolff on everything from 30-second spots to 30-minute documentaries. 

From a young age, Cali dreamt of producing, scripting, and designing. Her parents taught her to absorb art as a whole rather than focusing on only one discipline, which led to her discovering her passion for editing. Pursuing this creative outlet, Cali found a career as a freelance commercial and video editor. She now brings her love for both the creative and technical process of communicating feeling and information to the viewer as an on-staff editor.

The Den is an independent boutique edit house founded by editor Christjan Jordan and veteran exec producer Mary Ellen Duggan.

  • Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2020
Shantanu Rana joins Green Stone as managing director
Shantanu Rana

Distributed design consultancy Green Stone has brought on industry vet Shantanu Rana as managing director. Rana comes to Green Stone with expertise across production, business development, and operations. He will work closely with founder and CEO Matt Walsh to continue to connect brand clients directly to top-tier talent through its uniquely designed remote model.
After a career spent in traditional agency structures, Rana is drawn to the consultancy’s different approach--a model that draws on a decentralized network of experts rather than the standard processes and hierarchies that have since been upended by the current pandemic. “During these challenging times, everyone’s had to move to a distributed model--with remote working, remote learning, and remote production,” explained Rana. “But Green Stone was built on this model and they’ve been doing it successfully for many years. It’s part of their DNA and overall culture. Would you rather fly with a pilot who has seven years of flawless service, or with one who just learned a few months ago?”

Using finely-tuned collaboration methods, the firm proves out brand promises through innovative customer experiences that earn long-term relationships through the delivering of meaningful value. “Earning loyalty through a better experience is more impactful than buying loyalty,” Rana added.
Prior to joining Green Stone, Rana spent four years founding, and building his own firm, Louder Communications, which worked with brands like Prudential, Bayer, Cox, and McGraw Hill. Before then, he led award-winning digital practices at KBS, Rosetta, and R/GA after starting his career at PwC.

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