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Thursday Morning Stir

-Former Arnold Amsterdam executive creative director Sean Thompson has joined Dare as CCO. link

-TV/film/commercial director Jay Karas has signed to the roster of bi-coastal prodco The Famous Group.

-If ping-pong is your thing and you happen to be in London on July 31, perhaps you might want to check out Creative Social’s “King Pong” championship, which is sponsored by one of the agency world’s major advocates of the sport, Thompson Punke. link

-Speaking of games, El Segundo, CA-based David&Goliath has unveiled the “Techathlete Games” for its longtime client, Kia. link

-Ex-Aegis Group chief Jerry Buhlmann will join Tokyo-based holding company Dentsu as executive officer, effective July 1. link

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Stechschulte Takes ECD Post at Arnold Amsterdam

If the name Paul Stechschulte doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps you recall that the creative spent just a few months at San Francisco’s Pereira & O’Dell, where he served as executive creative director. Now, after working for the last several months in the Bay Area as worldwide CD for a shop called circusfreaks, Stechschulte is heading overseas to join Arnold’s two-year-old Amsterdam office and replace Sean Thompson as ECD. Thompson left Arnold Amsterdam last month after spending two years at the agency, leading its creative output including the work from its Team Volvo unit.

Anyhow, back to Stechschulte. Prior to his stint at P&O’D, the creative exec worked for nearly four years at Goodby Silverstein + Partners, where he last served as group creative director and helped develop the “Now Network” campaign for Sprint among others. The art director at heart served in such a role for six years at CP+B on BMW, Truth, Burger King and more. This is not his first rodeo, though, in Amsterdam, as he’s served as a senior AD and creative director at 180 and W+K’s local offices, respectively.

Volvo, Arnold Get Cozier

Volvo and Arnold’s relationship, which dates back to April 2007, is going global as the automaker has now awarded the agency its U.K. and China business. SapientNitro, which previously handled the Volvo account in said countries, will still retain the Australia business while Euro RSCG 4D will remain on as lead digital agency. As a result of the automaker’s agency realignment, the “Team Volvo” model that was essentially a creative alliance between Arnold, Euro and SapientNitro, will be put to bed by year’s end.

Beginning in 2012, Arnold’s Amsterdam office, which opened last year, will take the lead on the Volvo account while global ECD Sean Thompson (who joined Arnold from 180 Amsterdam 15 months ago) and global brand director Jorian Murray will continue to manage.

Regarding the expanded partnership with Volvo, Andrew Bennett, Arnold’s global CEO and CSO of parent company Havas, says, “Over the last couple of years we’ve concentrated on growing our footprint globally and improving our work. This additional responsibility is a manifestation of that. It’s not only an honor to be able to represent one of the greatest brands in the world in more markets, it’s a testament to the amazing partnership we are fortunate to enjoy.”