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Posts Tagged ‘Rick Hamann’

Energy BBDO GCD Hamann Splits for Lead Gig at Onion Labs

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After spending nearly two-and-a-half years at Energy BBDO, where he last served as SVP/group creative director on accounts including Wrigley, Chicago native Rick Hamann has moved on to a fellow Windy City operation, The Onion, where he now joins up as SVP and head of the satirical pub’s in-house creative agency, Onion Labs. In a statement, Onion CEO Steve Hannah says, “With over-15 years in advertising and experience working for a wide assortment of brands, Rick is the perfect person to head up Onion Labs. It will be his job to make sure that the most original, inventive comedy and pop culture ideas are created for our clients, and that they are absolutely aligned with their business goals.”

Here are some recent campaigns here and here if you need a refresher on the Onion Labs. During his time at Energy, Hamann moved up from VP/CD to his most recent GCD role, working with the likes of the aforementioned Wrigley (with ex-Energy BBDO AD/CD Jimmy Dietzen) as well as Quaker, Pearl Vision on various print/TV/digital efforts in the process. During his career, Hamann has also served as a copywriter at JWT Chicago and now-defunct Element79 before moving to up senior creative roles at Factory Design Labs and Cramer-Krasselt.

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Dietzen Out at Energy BBDO

dietzenDetails are vague at this point as it seems half the industry’s out for Columbus Day (when did this become a thing?), but we have received confirmation that Jimmy Dietzen, who spent the last 18 months as VP/creative director at Energy BBDO, is no longer with the agency. For the past week, we’ve been hearing a few interesting stories regarding Dietzen’s “departure” from the Chicago-based agency, which tipsters say was somewhat surprising. We’ll try to dig in a bit but from what we gather for now, though, Dietzen’s time at Energy BBDO actually came to an end at the beginning of the month. During his time at the agency, the senior creative not only worked on clients ranging from SC Johnson to Lay’s but recently art directed and co-wrote (with GCD Rick Hamann) the somewhat touching spot below for Wrigley’s Extra gum.

Prior to Energy BBDO, Dietzen served as an ACD at Leo Burnett on Allstate’s “Mayhem” campaign among other things and has also served as an art director at Tribal DDB during his career.