Well, JWT North America CCO Jeff Benjamin is getting down to business in New York, as we now have two new co-chief creative officers in the agency’s flagship office, namely fellow CP+B alum Ryan Kutscher and JWT ECD Matt MacDonald. The pair replaces Peter Nich0lson, our former Cubes host who was shown the door once Benjamin and Mike Geiger joined the JWT fold and took the reins in January.
Kutscher has actually been freelancing for various clients at JWT NY for the last several months while MacDonald has been an eight-year vet at the agency, spending the last two as ECD. The former spent five years at Crispin, working on Burger King’s award-winning “Whopper Freakout” and other clients including Method and VW. MacDonald, meanwhile, started as a copywriter as JWT before moving up the ladder to CD then ECD . During his time at the agency, he’s been involved with various Macy’s efforts including “Yes, Virginia” (which he co-wrote) well as past and present campaigns for clients such as JetBlue, Pfizer, De Beers and L.L. Bean.
Just because we’re tired of them, instead of providing the usual promo shot, we thankfully have this amusing video from the agency (above) that pays homage to one of our favorite TV shows growing up. Now, we’ll let you figure out who’s Balki and who’s cousin Larry.
In addition to welcoming the new creative leadership, JWT New York also promoted Sergio Lopez to head of production for the agency. Lopez, a Cramer-Krasselt and Leo Burnett alum, has been with JWT since 2009 and most recently served as director brand production on campaigns including this Justin Bieber spot for Macy’s.