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Ogilvy MD Matt Dowshen Joins Partners + Napier

Matt DowshenAgency veteran and Ogilvy & Mather Managing Director Matt Dowshen “was recently wooed away from big agency life” by Partners + Napier, an independent shop that sold to Project: WorldWide in 2011 and hired him as MD to manage its growing New York office.

Dowshen joined Ogilvy in 2009 after leaving Deutsch NY, where he managed IKEA and Novartis. Before joining that shop, he held positions at JWT overseas in Bangkok and Sao Paulo.

The move will reunite Dowshen with Jason Marks, who worked with him at Ogilvy, handling clients like Kraft and Philips Norelco, for more than two years before leaving to join P+N in early 2013.

The agency’s New York office opened in 2012 and handles clients like Lufthansa Airlines; Dowshen calls the opportunity to work with longtime colleagues at an independent agency “something I’m thrilled to dive into.”

CEO Sharon Napier, who worked with Dowshen at Deutsch, writes:

“I’ve known Matt for a long time…I knew he would be the right entrepreneurial leader to help us achieve our vision for New York.

I know our clients will find immense value in his leadership.”

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Monday Odds and Ends

-After spending the last four years as an executive producer at Ridley Scott‘s production company, RSA, where he worked on several projects for the likes of Bud, AT&T and Hyundai, Tom Dunlap has now joined up with 72andSunny as its first-ever chief production officer. Prior to RSA, Dunlap worked on the agency side in senior production roles at Deutsch L.A. and W+K Amsterdam among other agencies.

-Former Ogilvy senior partner/group creative director Jason Marks has joined Project: Worldwide division Partners + Napier as ECD.

-We tried to get out, but GS&P pulled us back in thanks to its anti-”Harlem Shake” of sorts (above). We snickered. For a real-deal Holyfield, non-agency version meanwhile, try this one out.

-Speaking of, Jeff Goodby was appointed to the board of directors of the National Audubon Society. After all, the GS&P co-namesake did win a Clio last year for his “Birding the Net” effort.

-WPP-owned strategy/design consultancy The Brand Union promoted ECD Wally Krantz to worldwide creative director, corporate branding.

-If you’re dying to know exactly what your mobile personality is, McCann is here with its online “Personality Profiler” tool. link

-Big Spaceship has teamed up with Chobani and Boathouse to launch the digital component of the “Go Real Chobani” campaign with #tastereal. link

-MediaVest has appointed Todd Myers to the post of SVP of human experience strategy. Myers will be based in the agency’s New York office.

-Stardust alum Paul Abatemarco, who most recently headed up MPC’s U.S. division, has joined Foundation Content as executive producer, effective immediately.

-The IAB has added a dozen new industry folks to its Agency Advisory Board including Victors & Spoils CEO John Winsor and Leo Burnett CCO, Susan Credle. link

Ogilvy NY Welcomes Back Carson, Adds Gragnano

It seems like there’s been an executive creative director hiring spree this week as Ogilvy is the latest to announce that it’s added more senior creatives to its New York office, namely Heavy.com co-founder David Carson and award-winning Saatchi & Saatchi alum, Alison Gragnano.

Carson, whose duties will include partnering with fellow ECD Chris Mitton and leading teams on such clients as American Express, IKEA and Stoli, helped launch music network Fuse among other efforts. In a statement, the man who actually served as CD at Ogilvy on the IBM e-business during the late 90′s says, “I’m pretty excited to join Ogilvy at a time when emerging media has gone mass. A-list brands are chomping at the bit to leverage new channels of communication. It’s an enormous opportunity.”

Gragnano, meanwhile, will work on Unilever and Kimberly-Clark business. During her four years at Saatchi, she moved her way up to global CD status while working for brands like General Mills and P&G. Gragnano was part of the Crest team that won Gold at Cannes for the “You Can Say Anything With a Smile” campaign.

On the IBM front, Ogilvy also increased staff with the addition of ex-Crispin creative Jason Marks as GCD, TBWA\Digital Arts alum Howard Pyle as global director of digital platforms and former 180 Amsterdam head of digital production Pierre Wendling as executive producer.