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Dennis Ryan

CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER, OLSON, MINNEAPOLIS MN AND CHICAGO IL

Dennis Ryan has been hired as Chief Creative Officer, a new position, at OLSON. The oft-awarded Ryan joins the 400-person agency from Chicago’s Element 79, where he was partner and creative head. During his illustrious career, he has also served as Executive Creative Director at JWT, working on Dell, Blockbuster “and every last variety of Kraft cheese,” along with heading JWT’s international creative council. Before that, he spent more than a dozen working years at DDB, leading major clients like Budweiser, Bud Light, Frito-Lay and Discover Card. A Notre Dame alum, Ryan is relocating to Minneapolis, but during the next year, he will be spending one day a week helping to drive integration at the agency’s Chicago office. The announcement was made by CEO Kevin DiLorenzo, who describes his firm as “holistic by design” and “providing brand anthropology and strategy, advertising, mobile, interactive, social engagement, public relations, design, media and one-to-one for the world’s most respected brands.”

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Tiffany Rolfe + Jason Gaboriau

co Executive Creative Directors
Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Los Angeles CA

Crispin Porter + Bogusky has appointed Tiffany Rolfe and Jason Gaboriau as joint Executive Creative Directors of the agency’s burgeoning Los Angeles office. Rolfe moves over from CP + B in Boulder CO, where she steered the Old Navy account and contributed to a range of other business. Gaboriau was co-founder and creative head of New York agency Amalgamated. He announced he was leaving the shop in the fall. Rolfe and Gaboriau take up residence in the LA office in April, with the agency moving into a new space in the summer. The latest creative appointments mark another phase of growth for CP + B, which first expanded outside of its Miami headquarters in 2001, when it opened an outpost in Los Angeles. The agency then opened its Boulder co-headquarters in 2006. This is CP+B’s second attempt to establish a full-service agency on the West Coast; the office will handle the Old Navy, Bolthouse Farms’ Baby Carrots and some Microsoft business to begin with.

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Bruce Henderson

Chief Creative Officer North America
G2, New York NY

Bruce Henderson joins G2 in the newly created role of Chief Creative Officer for North America. Henderson is responsible for leading the agency’s creative across all areas, including Branding & Design and Digital/ Interactive Marketing. Most recently, he was at Ogilvy, New York, where he rose to Group Creative Director during his eight-year stay. A writer by vocation, Henderson also is a published non-fiction author, writer of magazine articles and singer/songwriter. G2 is a top five marketing services agency.

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Gary Whitlock

Executive Creative Director
marsh Inc., Cincinnati OH

Marsh Inc. adds Gary Whitlock, formerly of LPK and Interbrand, to a newly created position of Executive Creative Director. As part of an overall growth strategy for the design agency, Whitlock’s mission is to guide and reshape Marsh’s creative efforts, with key responsibility for new business development, internal workflow and creative staff development. Whitlock, most recently Director of Brand Strategy at Chase Design and SALT Branding, focused on domestic and global consumer packaged goods and retail work for Fortune 500 companies. At LPK and Interbrand, Whitlock held senior creative positions as well. Marsh Chief Operating Officer Alan Roth says: “Gary is not only highly capable and amazingly talented, but his deep understanding of neuroscience and its impact on how people create, ideate and make decisions makes him unusually qualified to help further differentiate the Marsh offering.” Whitlock, trained as a psychotherapist, has an MS in Counseling from the School of Behavioral Sciences at Loma Linda University, a BA in Psychology and Religion from Walla Walla College and went on to study design at the Art Center College of Design. He splits his time between Marsh in Cincinnati and San Francisco.

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Kim Hutchinson

Senior Art Director, ADG Creative, Columbia MD

ADG Creative adds Kim Hutchinson as Senior Art Director to its Columbia MD operations. Hutchinson brings seven years of proven performance and broad experience in both conventional and new media design. She has designed brand elements, websites, brochures, and other marketing materials for highly recognized clients including Master-Card, The African Alliance for a Green Revolution and Best Buy. Hutchinson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from Andrews University in Berrien Springs MI.

Brian Pettit joins active lifestyle agency Hanson Dodge Creative as Creative Director. He was previously at SRAM, a bicycling components manufacturer, where he was art director and brand communications manager. In his new role, Pettit will be working on several brands including Trek, Kmart and Wilson Sporting Goods. Beyond design, Pettit is a former percussionist for the Gufs, a rock band with a strong Midwest following.
Olga Grisaitis is upped to the top position of director of the Art Directors Club in New York. Grisaitis has served in a range of roles in her 16 years at the club, including general manager and most recently as acting director. ADC President Doug Jaeger says Grisaitis is “ideally suited for the role because of her deep institutional knowledge and executional strength.” The director’s position had been open since Fall 2009 when ADC reorganized.
Curtis Packaging, a producer of luxury packaging, appoints Beth Scherer as its first-ever Director of Sustainability. Scherer is a graduate of Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she earned a Masters of Environmental Management, In her new role, she is responsible for all sustainability efforts and environmental initiatives.
Livia Fanti de Carvalho is now working on branding, strategy, packaging and illustration projects at the 17-year old Ceradini Brand Design firm. Fanti de Carvalho hails from Brazil and joins Ceradini from Onbongo Surf, a surfwear apparel brand based in Sao Paulo. She previously worked for several other design studios in Brazil.
AIGA Los Angeles has presented Jeri Heiden and John Coy with its Fellows award, the highest honor bestowed on chapter members. Heiden of Smog Design studied graphic design and packaging at Pepperdine University and Art Center College of Design. Before joining Smog, she worked 17 years in the music industry at Warner Bros. and A&M records as an executive and creative director. Coy of Coy, LA, studied Fine Arts at DePauw University and graduated from Art Center College of Design. He set up John Coy Design in 1979 and later Coy, LA, with his wife Margaret, in 1980.
Anthem Worldwide names Rob Osler to the post of senior strategy director. Osler’s 10 years of experience includes brand strategy and brand development leadership positions for world-class agencies that include Landor Associates, Fitch and Wongdoody. Most recently, he was director, brand strategy, for Microsoft Corporation where his primary responsibility was the governance of the Microsoft master brand.
Oscar-award winning visual-effects luminary Mark Stetson joins Zoic Studios to lead the company’s feature film division. Stetson has worked in the world of visual effects since the late 1970s, first as a model maker on Star Trek: The Motion Picture and his work extended to Blade Runner, Edward Scissorhands, Ghostbusters and Dick Tracy. He was a consultant on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and earned an Academy Award for his contribution to The Fellowship of the Ring.
Mary Jacobowitz is a new Senior Designer at ADG Creative, one of a string of new hires by the Columbia MD firm. Jacobowitz most recently worked for Rockland Studios in Baltimore MD where she gained experience with brand treatments, marketing presentation materials and web design. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a double major in graphic design and photography from Savannah College of Art and Design.
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