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R/GA Chicago Hires New ECD

5de7d298808ae03d623a462564158087R/GA, the self-described “world’s most award-winning digital agency”, announced the hiring of a new creative co-lead for its Chicago office.

MDavid Low arrives from San Francisco tech/design consultancy Nurun (formerly Odopod), where he served as associate technical director; he will work closely with VP and executive director of copywriting Ken Erke and report to VP/MD Jeff Brecker.

Prior to working with Nurun, Low was chief creative technologist at Eleven, Inc., where he helped create Skippy the rock-skipping robot for client Sun Valley.

Brecker describes Low, who has worked with rock bands in addition to brands and counts motorcycle repair among his hobbies, as:

“…both a thinker and a maker – someone who doesn’t just understand design needs, but also the technology and production levers to develop and implement solutions for our clients.”

Before you ask: yes, that is his real name.

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The Chicago Egotist Welcomes R/GA and More

As part of our ongoing collaboration with The Egotist network, AgencySpy checks in with The Windy City to get a quite succinct picture of the current ad scene in the Midwest metropolis. Take it away, Egotist.

It’s been a hot fall here in Chicago. We welcome the sunshine and longer beach time for sure. As far as the ad world in The Windy City? You be the judge. Here is a brief breakdown of the last few months:

-People are moving around. Like Ken Erke heading over to R/GA (remember?) Since Erke left Y&R, Bob Winter was just announced as the new CCO. Let’s hope he can spur some creativity into the Sears dominated shop.

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R/GA Adds ECDs in Chicago

Though it has only 13 employees in tow at the moment, R/GA’s Chicago office is looking to ramp up staff (30 by year’s end is the goal) and in doing so, the agency hired executive creative directors Ken Erke and Matt Marcus to help lead the way.

Erke (pictured) was formerly EVP/CCO at Y&R Chicago, overseeing accounts including Craftsman, Die Hard, Hilton Hotels, and Sears. The creative actually had two stints at Y&R, initially spending six years at the agency (2000-2006) before leaving briefly for a VP/group creative director post at Cramer-Krasselt.

Marcus, meanwhile, was formerly worldwide director of e-business for Gucci and spent the past two years as a consultant for the likes of R/GA before being bumped up to full-time. He and Erke will both report to R/GA’s North American CCO Nick Law.

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