- NEW YORK
Johannes Leonardo has appointed Benton Roman to serve as group executive producer. He will join the agency to lead day-to-day production on the newly awarded Volkswagen account. Roman will report directly to Dana May, Johannes Leonardo’s head of integrated production in New York.
Roman brings to his new roost more than 15 years of experience managing and producing creative projects across all platforms. He comes over from Goodby Silverstein & Partners (GS&P) where he oversaw production on BMW, Adobe and First Republic. During his nine-year tenure at GS&P, Roman produced a wide variety of campaigns for brands such as the NBA, Adobe, BMW, Cisco, Specialized and TD Ameritrade. He’s also produced notable branded content including “I Am a Witness” for Ad Council, which was the first interactive video experience on iOS, and “The Neighborhood”, an award-winning short horror film for Xfinity. Prior to GS&P, Roman worked at Furlined, a global production company.
“I’ve always admired the beautifully crafted work that Johannes Leonardo has put out into the world,” said Roman. “I see this as a great opportunity to contribute to that. Getting the opportunity to work on VW, one of the most iconic brands in advertising, was just icing on the cake.”
Roman’s appointment comes on the heels of several leadership hires across departments. Just earlier this year, the agency announced the appointment of Hope Nardini as creative director and Samira Ansari as group creative director.