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.