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Kassaei Succeeds Scarpelli as DDB Worldwide CCO

No, Bob Scarpelli isn’t leaving DDB, but he will take a backseat in terms of the chief creative officer role of the network’s global operations to Amir Kassaei, who has served most recently as CCO/associate partner at DDB Germany.

Scarpelli will remain on as chairman of DDB Worldwide, but it’s Kassaei’s turn now to take the top creative mantle at the Omnicom-owned operation. In a statement, the latter says, “I am honored that Bob and [DDB CEO/president] Chuck [Brymer] have given me this opportunity to contribute to DDB’s growth and creative renown. DDB was, is and will always be the true innovator of our industry and I am very glad to have the chance to work with the best and most talented people on earth to prove that on every brand and every client we’re working for.”

In addition to Kassaei’s promotion, DDB has expanded its Creative Council structure, naming London ECD Jeremy Craigen to chair of DDB’s European Creative Council.

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Lavoie, Best to Head Up Select ADC Juries

Are you geared up for awards season yet? Well, whatever the case, the Art Directors Club has solidified its its 90th Awards juries with the additions of Taxi chairman/co-founder Paul Lavoie (pictured) and Wayne Best as Advertising and Hybrid chairs, respectively.

Best, if you best remember, left his ECD post at JWT last September to pursue a new “creative partnership,” which is a New York operation called Cog. Lavoie’s shop, of course, is now in the hands of Sir Marty and WPP. The Advertising and Hybrid categories have an entry deadline of Feb. 6. Check out the complete list of the aforementioned categories’ jurors, including Doner’s Rob Strasberg and W+K Amsterdam expat Jeff Kling, after the jump.

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It Takes Two to Tango…in Compton

You won’t catch many of these rolling down our streets, but throughout Europe and the UK, it’s a different story. It’s sort of similar to us and Honda or Toyota. For 35 years, the VW Polo has been known for and advertised its reliability, safety and toughness. Now, DDB London looks to add a little rhythm and sensuality to the equation.

This spot, dubbed “Last Tango in Compton” and directed by award-winning director Jonathan Glazer (of Guinness “Surfer”, Sony “Paint,” etc.), features the world’s top two tango dancers–Argentinean Tango World Champion Gasper Godoy, and partner, Manuella Rossi. The pair does what they do best to the tune of Roc C’s  hip-hop ditty, “Don’t Stop,” and though strange on paper at first, the end result is an extraordinary dance sequence that symbolizes the mixture of brawn and beauty.

“Last Tango” sees DDB UK and director Glazer partnering for the first time since the award-winning “Protection” campaign for Polo in 1998. View credits after the jump.

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