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New Top Creative at The Barbarian Group

Edu PouEdu Pou will move from old Amsterdam to New; beginning November 3rd, the former head of creative innovation at W+K Amsterdam will serve as ECD at The Barbarian Group in Manhattan.

The Group’s new top creative will lead all accounts and report to CEO Sophie Kelly while working with Kelly and co-founders Benjamin Palmer and Keith Butters in order to “diversify the agency’s existing portfolio.”

Prior to occupying the head of innovation role, Pou worked as creative director in the same office; he also spent time as a senior copywriter at CP+B, working on Domino’s Pizza, Volkswagen and Nike among others. His portfolio also includes work for Heineken, Coca-Cola and EA sports.

Before you ask: yes, he mentioned the desk. He also takes great headshots.

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The Barbarian Group Adds CFO, Head of Account Management

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Digital shop The Barbarian Group has announced the addition of Alex White as chief financial officer and Sherri Chambers as head of account management, Adweek reports. Both are new positions at the agency. White and Chambers report to CEO Sophie Kelly, who took over for co-founder Benjamin Palmer last October.

White joined July 1st, and is responsible for “financial and strategic planning, managing and negotiating client contracts and implementing a new financial infrastructure.” He was a consultant CFO at Loveurope before forming his own consultancy, Rawcliffe, last June. He has also served stints as CFO for Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R, Grey Global Group and McCann Erickson.

Chambers most recently served as a global business director at JWT New York, following a stint as group brand director at 72andSunny. She has also worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and Strawberryfrog. Chambers began her new role today and is responsible for overseeing the management of all accounts, with the stated goal of “expanding existing relationships.”

“The combination of Alex’s sharp financial acumen and Sherri’s proven track record in client relations will complement the agency’s executive team as we strengthen our focus on business development,” said Kelly, in a statement.

Wednesday Odds and Ends

So, what is Barbarian Group co-founder Benjamin Palmer‘s creative process like? link

-Biz dev consultant Michael Gass talks about how agencies should play consultant for new business efforts. link

-Speaking of the above department, Whitehouse Post has added Luis Ribeiro as new business developer on editorial, VFX and design. link

-McCann Health continues adding to staff as it’s now brought on former Omnicom SVP Susan Duffy as president of its New York-based unit, McCann Regan Campbell Ward.

-If you care to view, presenting your 93rd Annual ADC Awards Advertising and Interactive juries (well, after the jump). link

-And now, some more holiday generosity, this time from Amsterdam-based agency Achtung! (above).

-Following its Tumblr acquisition, is Yahoo now interested in acquiring photo-sharing site Imgur? link

-L.A.-based commercial prodco Furlined has added director Kristoffer Borgli to its roster.

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Sophie Kelly Takes Over as Barbarian Group CEO

sophiekellyTwo years after joining the Barbarian Group as president, Sophie Kelly has moved up to the big chair, taking over as chief executive officer of the Cheil-owned digital agency. As a result, Barbarian co-founder Benjamin Palmer, who’s served as CEO since the beginning in 2001, will shift to the chairman role at the agency and continue in his day-to-day efforts in “driving innovation through technology, new business, and agency culture” in partnership with Kelly.

Prior to her joining the Barbarians, Kelly spent over two years as managing director/partner at StrawberryFrog, working with clients ranging from Jim Beam to P&G’s Pampers. During her career, Kelly’s also had lengthy stints as global business director on Diageo at JWT NY and has worked in her native Australia at the likes of Mojo, Lowe Lintas and Leo Burnett Sydney. Regarding the new CEO, Palmer says, “Sophie has helped us grow up as an agency and has played an instrumental role in building the business while maintaining our creative and tech-focused culture. She’s been running the business operationally for some time, and this move is a recognition of her talent and achievements.”

Did You Know There Was an ADC Portfolio Night All-Star Battle? Well, Now You Know

As we wrap up summer (went too fast, but FALL IN NY!), we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the happenings during the 2013 Art Directors Club Porfolio Night All-Stars. During the weeklong event from a couple of weeks ago, creative types from 24 countries were tasked with a brief to create a global platform for the Ford Focus to ensure the auto brand we see here in North America is the same we would see overseas. Here are just a few recollections from the All-Stars who made it to the event, which kicked off on August 5 and featured the likes of DDB Worldwide CCO Amir Kassaei, Barbarian Group co-founder/CEO Benjamin Palmer and AKQA CCO, Rei Inamoto. First up to bat, we have Sean Collander, copywriter and PN11 Chicago All-Star.

“Camaraderie is not exactly what you would expect when pitting 23 young creatives against each other in a competition to create work for one of the world’s biggest car brands, but that is exactly what I’ve found over the last few days here at the Portfolio Night 11 All-Stars competition. Now, don’t get me wrong, we all want to win, but it’s coming out in the work, not in our relationships with each other. I’ve had conversations about the future of advertising, European politics, the merits of both Texas BBQ and Kansas City BBQ, rap videos, and Robin Thicke’s hair. Different teams will regularly get together to play a game of Pictionary to let off steam. At the end of a full day of concepting, we will all get together for a few drinks, and have made the bar down the street the unofficial after party location of the week.

I think I can speak for all 23 participants when I say we’ve experienced a lot over such a short amount of time, and it has been more incredible than any one of us imagined it could be. The Art Directors Club has been extremely gracious with their knowledge and resources, managing to bring together an unbelievable list of guest speakers, judges, and sponsors.

When I attended Portfolio Night 11 in Chicago back in May, I went simply looking to get feedback on my work and maybe, If I was lucky, a job. I had no idea that a few months later I would be selected to work on a brief for Ford with 22 other creatives representing countries all over the world. I can honestly say that this is one of the most fun and stressful experiences I have ever had, and am truly humbled to be a part of the very first Portfolio Night All Stars.”

After the jump, check out more from Isabelle Osterlund, another PN 11 All-Star from Stockholm.

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Monday Odds and Ends

-Jakob Trollbäck, Trollbäck + Company president/ECD, has been named as a member of the ADC Global Advisory Board, joining the likes of ADC president/Barbarian Group chief Benjamin Palmer, MDC/CP+B’s Chuck Porter and SapientNitro executive director/worldwide CCO, Gaston Legorburu.

-Ladies and gents, meet The Magnetic Collaborative, an experiential/live event shop run by CEO Rick Rathe, former president of Rathe Productions and owner of New York’s Gotham Bar and Grill, COO Brian Schultz, former head of live events at R/GA and CP+B, CMO Geoff Renaud, CEO of Radar Entertainment, and CCO Glenn Marck, founder of IM Design Firm and owner of Jack Russell Group (group pic above).

-Here’s some female perspective about the CLIOs. link

-Yes, there is, for better or worse, an internet cat video film festival coming to–where else?–Brooklyn. link

-Who really did think Scope Bacon from P&G was for real? link

-The Association of Music Producers has extended its final AMP Awards entry deadline to April 5. link

 

Barbarian Group Undergoes ‘Business Restructuring’

Yes, those who inquired via the Spy line, there are certainly “things happening” at The Barbarian Group, as we’ve received confirmation that the Cheil-owned agency is undergoing “business restructuring” across all departments. As a result, 15 positions were affected, 12 in its NYC headquarters and three in SF. In addition, the Barbarians are eliminating the executive creative director position, as co-founder/CEO Benjamin Palmer will continue to lead work across the agency as chief creative officer.

A TBG spokesperson says, “2012 was an important year in terms of acquiring new talent as well as building new client relationships. We’re taking the necessary step of restructuring across all areas of our business in order to be leaner and more flexible in 2013. Onward.”

As for the San Francisco office, which tipsters say the Barbarian Group was shuttering, sources familiar with the matter tell us otherwise, though they note that TBG SF will be moving to a smaller place in the “near to medium term.” Our sources add that the Barbarians’ Bay Area branch is “in the midst of bringing some new business,” though we’ve yet to divulge what that is at present time.

Here’s Your Quick Recap of the ‘Thunderdome for Designers’

Got two minutes to spare? If so, here’s the quick recap of what went down at the NYC installment of Cut&Paste’s Digital Design Tournament that took place a couple of weeks ago. Hey, Benjamin Palmer of Barbarian Group was there, as were plenty of others from the New York design geek community cheering participants on as if they were scratching at the DMC World Championships (more our style) or being Fred Savage in The Wizard. Since this took place on Oct. 28, there are some Halloween costumes in sight and if you want a full visual retrospective, you can peep the Facebook photos here.

ANDYs Implores You to Enter Before the Apocalypse

R/GA chief/honorary ANDYs chairman Bob Greenberg and his crew have created this call-for-entries campaign for the 2012 International ANDY Awards, which carries the message, “Enter Now Before The Apocalypse.” If you really fear the end is nigh (wait, isn’t there a Rapture also happening this month?), the ANDYs committee would like you to win “the last award of your life” before an asteroid destroys us all. Greenberg himself says that he wanted to “light a fire under people and give them a real sense of urgency to enter the ANDYs.” Some of the judges at next year’s fete including AKQA’s Rei Inamoto (who’s seemingly everywhere), Barbarian Group CEO Benjamin Palmer, Jimmy Smith and W+K’s Iain Tait. So yes, all the familiar names are in effect. Best of luck before we burn, folks.

Meet Your New ADC President

A changing of the guard has taken place at the Art Directors Club as happycorp co-founder/current JaegerSloan proprietor Doug Jaeger has ended his requisite three-year term as president and is now handing off the baton to Benjamin Palmer, co-founder/CEO of The Barbarian Group and a member of the ADC’s board (since 2008) who’s sung its praises before.

With the trend seeming to be that those bred in digital are now taking over as producers across the board at agencies, an appointment like Palmer’s doesn’t seem so leftfield.But anyhow, the Barbarian, who now becomes the 58th president of the ADC, says of his predecessor and the Club’s future, “Doug laid the groundwork for reinvigorating ADC as a cultural hub with strong year-round programming. I want the club to continue in that direction, with programming that appeals on both local and global levels and cool events in our great gallery space that connect people and provide real value to members.”

 

 

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