Advertising agency Doner, headquartered in Detroit, has launched a Chicago talent hub. This official expansion comes after a year that saw the addition of 12 Chicago-based staffers. Julio Desir, a Detroit native and longtime leader in the Chicago advertising community who joined Doner this January, has been promoted to EVP, executive creative director and will lead the new hub.
Previously serving as SVP, group creative director at Doner, Desir now will head creative and executive management, helping grow this hub into a larger Windy City-based footprint. Throughout his career, he has developed award-winning work for various brands including Boeing, Coca-Cola, Coors Light, Coors Banquet, Disney, Ford, JBL, Kingsford, Kraft, Marriott, McDonald’s, Reebok, and the U.S. Open. Desir also enjoyed a brief stint working at the OWN Network for Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry.
“Julio Desir joining Doner and leading this new talent hub is emblematic of our growth and how top talent continues to choose our agency,” said David DeMuth, CEO at Doner. “With this move, we have created a door to a very long hallway to Detroit, marrying two great Midwestern cities and connecting our agency and clients to more top industry talent.”
Desir stated, “The Doner team we have assembled in Chicago already has started making a great impact with our clients. We look forward to growing our team and the Doner client roster out here.”
The Doner Chicago talent hub is currently operating out of the Stagwell space in downtown Chicago, as well as in a hybrid work model.