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NORTH Signs New CD; Tech VP Leaves DigitasLBI

Eric SamselPortland’s NORTH has hired Eric Samsel as its newest Creative Director. Prior to joining North, Samsel was a copywriter at W+K Portland for more than eight years, working on clients as diverse as Jeep, EA Sports, Coca-Cola and Nike (for which the shop won a Webby).

Samsel started his ad career at Portland’s JohnsonSheen. In his new role, he will handle work on existing campaigns for car-rack brand Yakima, outdoor gear maker Stanley and Anchor Brewing. Managing Director Rebecca Armstrong writes:

“With more than 16 years of experience in outdoor lifestyle brands, Eric’s experience makes him a perfect match for one of our core practices… Plus he is an exceptionally talented writer and a really nice bloke.”

Samsel will report to CCO Mark Ray.

In other agency people news, we can confirm that DigitasLBI VP/Director of Tech Jeff Kean will soon leave the agency for a spot on the roster of Omnicom’s CriticalMass. No word on details regarding his new position.

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Nike Unleashes a Horse on a Golf Course

The Nike 20XI: It’s a horse of a golf ball. Contrary to what this latest spot from W+K may look like, the ball is not actually black. So, if you’re a golfer (I’m not) and wondering what makes this ball so special, read the Golf.com review here and make up your own mind as to whether or not it’s blowing open the doors on golfing technology. As every golf accessory has claimed to do this since the game was invented, I’m guessing it’s not going to make much of a difference.

Now to this ad. Directed by Ellen Kuras, it definitely looks really cool. But, with Nike Golf’s biggest superstar still not quite back to form (despite an impressive showing at the Masters), instead of seeing a Tiger, we’re seeing a horse…a horse that runs around and destroys a golf course. That’s really all there is to it. The horse and the 20XI are one in the same, you see. They will destroy everything in their path. And, as we see in a spot called “Aftermath,” this doomsday device rolls just wide of the hole, leaving divots in its wake. Credits and “Aftermath” after the jump.

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