Sorry for the delay, folks, but it’s been somewhat of a busy week in Wieden + Kennedy’s world as the agency has followed up the launch of its new, John C. Jay-led unit dubbed W+K Garage with the formation a new global management team. Perhaps most notably, W+K’s latest move signals the arrival of Colleen DeCourcy (pictured), who started up her own social media-focused design shop, Socialistic, over two years ago, but has now joined up with W+K to take on role of global co-executive creative director.
Her fellow global co-ECD is Mark Fitzloff, who’s spent 13 years at W+K and the last five as executive creative director at the agency’s Portland HQ, leading creative on Old Spice among other accounts. Replacing him as ECD in Portland will be Joe Staples, who’s spent over eight years within the W+K network and will now partner with fellow lead creatives Susan Hoffman and Tom Blessington.
Along with the new ECD appointments, W+K global COO Dave Luhr will assume the role of president while agency co-founder Dan Wieden will become chairman of its global management team. In a statement regarding the management moves, Wieden says, “I don’t think we’ve ever had a chairman, but now I [am] one—albeit an active one. Between Dave and Mark, we have 40 years of proven W+K experience, respect and leadership. This level of talent and experience gave me the confidence to search outside the agency to find a third global management team member with digital expertise. Colleen brings an energy and a knowledge base that is second to none. I am convinced that our next 30 years are going to be pretty damn exciting.”
During her career, DeCourcy has also spent a few years as CCO at Organic, chief digital officer at TBWA and chief experience officer at JWT.