Frank Cartagena Joins MullenLowe As U.S. CEO
Frank Cartagena
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MullenLowe U.S. has hired Frank Cartagena as CEO.  He will lead the agency of more than 400 people across offices in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. By appointing a former chief creative officer to the highest rank, the agency reinforces its commitment to ideas, creativity, and craft.

“As CCO, Cartagena led multicultural agency The Community to earn top accolades and industry respect,” said Kristen Cavallo, CEO of MullenLowe Global. “His new business track record, creative chops, and galvanizing leadership style make him an appealing choice for CEO and another important change for us as we modernize our leadership structure.” 

Cartagena’s appointment adds to recent leadership announcements that include ADCOLOR Beacon award winner Jordan Muse being named president of MullenLowe East, Javier Passerieu being promoted to president of MullenLowe West, and Kelly Fredrickson taking on the new role of chief culture officer.

“More than a job title, this role is about seizing an opportunity to drive a culture of creativity that is much greater than just a department,” Cartagena said. “I’m ready to help shape and define the next chapter of MullenLowe for our people, our clients, and the industry. I love the agency’s challenger DNA and new modern positioning. I look forward to building on their momentum and becoming a place that consistently puts out some of the best work in the world.”

Over his 16-year career, Cartagena has made a mark by creating breakthrough work designed to get real consumers talking. Under his creative leadership, The Community produced this year’s most effective Super Bowl campaign for Netflix and GM. Before that, Cartagena served as executive creative director at 360i, where he led a creative transformation and converted 90% of new business pitches. Some of his greatest hits include the “Doomsday Vault” and “Thins Protection Program” for Oreo, “The Maze” for Westworld and HBO, and the “Four-Year-Old’s Bucket List” for WATERisLIFE. 

Cartagena’s appointment as MullenLowe’s U.S. CEO comes on the heels of the agency’s global rebrand, winning Agency of the Year at the Art Directors Club, and a streak of new business wins, including the recompete for the Department of Defense’s $454M JAMRS contract, GEICO social, global investment firm Invesco, and Ghirardelli.


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