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DDB California Names Todd Grantham President, CEO

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DDB California has named Todd Grantham as the agency’s new president and CEO, based out of the agency’s San Francisco office, Adweek reports. Grantham fills the role vacated by Mike Harris in June.

Grantham arrives at DDB California from Goodby Silverstein & Partners, where he served as director of new business and associate partner. He originally arrived at Goodby back in 1996 and has held roles at the agency including  associate director of account management and managing director. He’s worked with clients such as Chevrolet, Saturn Adobe, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo and Quaker Oats.

DDB North America President Mark O’Brien “cited Grantham’s brand experience, people skills and ‘respect for creativity’” in making the hire, according to Adweek. Grantham’s experience in developing new business was undoubtedly another factor, as the agency looks to rebound from losing Well Fargo to BBDO in March. Top accounts at the agency currently include ConAgra Foods and Clorox.

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DDB SF President Mike Harris Leaves; Los Angeles Office Closes

mike-harris-01-2014Your tips have been confirmed this morning.

Mike Harris, now-former president of DDB San Francisco, left the agency for an undisclosed senior management role at an (also undisclosed) production company in Los Angeles.

Rumors about the demise of a second, L.A.-based office that Harris ran since joining the agency nearly two years ago have also come to pass; the “shingle” shuttered after the Wells Fargo account went to BBDO.

We’re currently angling for more details and will update if/when we receive them.

Jonathan Byrne Joins DDB California as Creative Director

-36DDB California has announced the addition of Jonathan Byrne as creative director. In his new role, Byrne will “oversee the ongoing diversification and integration of new skill sets into the creative department.”

“I’m excited to join DDB California and build something really unique there,” said Byrne. “Clients and agencies alike are searching for the ‘new way’ of doing things, but we all know the ‘new way’ will be outdated the moment the meeting ends where it’s introduced. The answer is as timeless as our business and it starts with smart, nimble minds. I’m fortunate to have found a trove of them ready to be ignited.” Read more

Cox Splits from P&O’D to Head Up Strategy at DDB Cali

justincox1We’ll keep this short for now as details are forthcoming, but sources familiar with the matter confirm that DDB California president Mike Harris has recruited a new head of strategy in Justin CoxThe new hire arrives from Pereira & O’Dell, where he spent approximately three years and last served as strategy director on accounts including Intel (“The Beauty Inside,” for example), Skype and Corona. During his career, Cox, who remains in the Bay Area, has also worked on the planning side at the likes of Razorfish on Levi’s, Sony and Microsoft and Publicis & Hal Riney on accounts ranging from Walmart to Beam. We’ll fill in the blanks including start date, etc. once we hear more.

Elm Takes Creative Helm at DDB California

In case you haven’t heard the news today, 15-year Deutsch LA vet Jason Elm, who last served as EVP/group creative director on Diamond Foods and Playstation (he was joined by 180LA alum Gavin Lester on the latter account late last year) has assumed the chief creative officer post at DDB California. Elm assumes a position that’s been left vacant at the Omnicom-owned agency’s Cali operations (L.A., San Francisco) since January when Lisa Bennett stepped down from her CCO role. Bennett has since been appointed as EVP/creative for DDB North America.

As for Elm, during his lengthy stay at Deutsch LA, where he started as a copywriter, the senior creative subsequently played a major role in PlayStation efforts, creating the Twitter feed for @TheKevinButler and leading creative on the award-winning “Michael” work for the console. His new boss, DDB California (formerly DDB West) CEO Mike Harris, speaks his name and sings his praises in a statement, saying, “Jason was recently, and rightly so, named to Business Insider’s ‘people most-sought after by rival agencies’ list. He is a creative genius and a superstar in the industry and I have no doubt that his creative vision will elevate the level of our work, across departments.”

Harris Takes Prez Post at DDB West

All of a sudden it’s a busy month on the DDB West front. Nearly three weeks after parting ways with both its Los Angeles CEO and CCO, the agency network (which consists of DDB SF, LA and Tribal DDB ops) is making more leadership changes on the left coast, hiring Mike Harris as president. Harris joins from San Francisco-based IPG shop, twofifteenmccann (formerly Agencytwofifteen and T.A.G. before that), where he spent nearly a decade and most recently served as president/chief strategy officer.

Harris last spent time within the Omnicom network as director of strategy at TBWA\Chiat\Day San Francisco, which he initially joined as a group account director on Mars and Adidas. In a statement, the new DDB West prez says, “I’m very pleased to be getting back into the Omnicom fold with this move and am excited to join this amazing agency.” Harris’s president position is a new one according to the DDB West camp, which says, “DDB has evolved its West Coast offering so that the San Francisco and LA offices function as one unit, which is why Mike Harris has been hired to the new role of DDB West President to work alongside DDB West CEO Mary Moudry.”

As we mentioned in the DDB LA post from a few weeks ago, DDB West’s current clients include ConAgra, Clorox, Johnson & Johnson and Wells Fargo.

Agencytwofifteen Rebrands, Takes Global Lead on HP PSG Biz for McCann

The agency once known as T.A.G., which then rebranded as agencytwofifteen just over a year ago, has once again undergone another name change and will now be known as Twofifteen McCann, which obviously looks like a tribute to both its street address in San Francisco and McCann Worldgroup ties.

With the rebrand also comes the news that Twofifteen McCann will take on global creative leadership for HP within McCann Erickson (don’t worry, Goodby still has HP on its client roster). The 215 will still be serving the global Xbox account in partnership with McCann and will be led by  Mike Parsons (MD), Mike Harris (CSO) and Scott Duchon (CCO).

Agencytwofifteen Appoints New Director of Brand Strategy

The shop formerly known as T.A.G. continues to build up staff as agencytwofifteen added Venables Bell & Partners alum Gabrielle Tenaglia as director of brand strategy.  At VB&P, she served as group director of brand strategy, overseeing the strategic direction of clients such as Audi and Intel.

In her new post, Tenaglia will work closely with agencytwofifteen’s  Mike Harris to manage the agency’s strategic offering across all disciplines. Harris, chief strategy officer, will focus on developing media and technology partnerships for clients. Previous to Venables, which she joined in 2005, Tenaglia spent seven years at what was then Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners, eventually rising to group account director.

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