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McGarrah Jessee Hires Joel Clement from Saatchi & Saatchi

Joel_Clement-office-thumb-350x508-124220Joel Clement’s search for a stateside agency is over. Today McGarrah Jessee announced that Clement, who most recently served as executive creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi Thailand, will join the Austin firm to “focus primarily on writing.”

This summer Clement announced his plans to leave the agency after eight years, eight months of which he spent as ECD and regional creative director for Saatchi & Saatchi’s Asia operations.

In the release, he clarifies that he “had a pretty specific ideal in mind” when planning his repatriation and that he “found it all at McGarrah Jessee.”

Before his time at Saatchi, Clement worked two stints at San Francisco’s Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and held positions at TBWA\Thailand, BBH and Ogilvy & Mather Bangkok (where he won a 2000 Cannes Lion).

He began his career at New York’s DeVito/Verdi before spending time at both Carmichael Lynch and Fallon in Minneapolis.

Bonus: Clement is an architecture student/enthusiast who played a role in redesigning Saatchi’s Bangkok office into a Businessweek-worthy space; the release notes that he will “find those talents welcome” at McGarrah, which recently finished its own restoration project.

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