Ad agency DAVID Miami, which also maintains bases of operation in Argentina and Brazil, has promoted several key staffers.
Managing director Paulo Fogaca will take on the role of global chief operating officer overseeing DAVID’s three offices. Also, the creatives promoted within the creative leadership team--comprised of Tony Kalathara, Juan Peña Plaza, Ricardo Casal, Danny Alvarez, and Jason Wolske--will be leading all creative efforts from the agency. The account management department will be led by Carmen Rodriguez, head of account management. And in the year ahead, DAVID Miami will be strengthening their production and strategy teams, led by head of global production Veronica Beach, and director of strategic planning Jon Carlaw, respectively.
Fogaca will remain in Miami and will continue his role as managing director for that office, in addition to taking on global responsibilities. He was responsible for helping DAVID Miami open its doors in 2014, and has been key to helping grow the agency’s client roster, talent, and business over the years.
Tony Kalathara has been promoted to executive group creative director. He helped to create DAVID’s groundbreaking work, like Burger King’s “Burning Stores.”
Juan Peña Plaza and Ricardo Casal have both been promoted to executive creative directors. They are responsible for work like Kraft-Heinz’s “Pass The Heinz” campaign, as well as Burger King’s “Google Home of the Whopper,” which won a Grand Prix in Cannes in 2017.
Jason Wolske and Danny Alvarez have been promoted to group creative directors. Since they joined the agency over three years ago, they’ve worked on numerous award-winning campaigns across DAVID’s client portfolio, including Burger King, Budweiser, Kraft-Heinz, and Coca-Cola. Wolske has more than 13 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining DAVID Miami, he worked at CP+B, Deutsch LA, and Zimmerman, and was a partner at Chalk. Alvarez has more than 10 years of ad industry experience and has previously worked at CP+B, BBDO, TBWA\Chiat\Day, and Wieden+Kennedy.
Carmen Rodriguez has been promoted to head of account management and will be responsible for leading that department while being involved in key projects with her group of account directors across the agency. Since her start at DAVID Miami in December 2016, Rodriguez has been responsible for spearheading the Burger King group of accounts, including Burger King US, UK, and global. She’s also led ABI’s group of accounts, including Budweiser and Modelo, which DAVID Miami won last year.