Flannery’s promotion comes in the wake of the success of a certain campaign you may have seen that involved the shipping of pants; the win earned him an ECD promotion just over a year ago. The man called himself “a late bloomer” in a Chicago Business Journal interview about that campaign, though he served as CD/VP during a nine-year run at Leo Burnett and spent seven years at Element79 before joining FCB.
Flannery replaces CCO Robin Heisey, who left the Toronto office for parts unknown after 14 years at the agency. Flannery will officially take over on August 11th, working “in tandem” with FCB Canada President Paul Mead.
Soon-to-be ECD Fiestam joins the Chicago team from Energy BBDO, where he served as CCO until leaving in February in what CEO Tonise Paul called an effort to “get closer to the creation of the work.”
He has worked in creative roles at a laundry list of Chicago offices (Ogilvy, DDB, Leo Burnett, Y&R and Publicis) throughout his career and was part of the team that won an Emmy for the Bud Light “swear jar” spot.
Fietsam, who is also an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago, will report to Windy City CCO Todd Tilford.