Let’s dip into a little across-the-pond news for a tick, shall we? After serving as acting executive creative director at London-based Arnold KLP for the last couple of months, Jim Thornton has officially been named ECD at the agency. Thornton previously spent a year as creative director at Naked and a “fabulous 11 months” as a CD at Mother before that. During his second tour of duty at the latter agency, Thornton led creative work for the Post Office and created a campaign which turned the National Drug Helpline into a service called FRANK.
During his 25-year ad career, Thornton has also worked as a CD/copywriter at TBWA and spent four years as an ECD at Leo Burnett London, where he oversaw Drink Drive & Teens Road Safety campaigns among others. In a statement, Thornton sounds excited, saying, “I haven’t been as excited or enthused about the potential of an agency since the early days at Mother. I’m really looking forward to adding my experience to the blistering array of expertise already here. While every other agency has been talking a good 360 game these last ten years, these guys have just been quietly getting on and doing it.”
Thorton’s hiring at Arnold KLP follows that of Saatchi & Saatchi alum Marcus Smith, who joined as head of planning just recently.