The venerable Art Directors Club (ADC) is 88 years old. Its new president, Doug Jaeger, is but 33, making him the youngest person ever to hold the position. He succeeds Paul Lavoie, chairman and chief creative officer at TAXI. Despite Jaeger’s stern expression in the photo at right, he is the founder and CEO of thehappycorp global, a branding and design agency with a mesmerizing smiley face splash page and the stated mission of “improving gross national happiness through the invention, management, and maintenance of progressive brands and ideas.” He spreads still more joy as director of LVHRD, the hard-living digital media pranksters behind events such as those architectural smackdowns we so enjoy.
As ADC president (for a three-year term that officially begins Wednesday), Jaeger pledges to expand the organization’s role in connecting members to each other and to the world at large. “We will use technology, new programs, and events to be a valued online and offline social network for the personal and professional gain of our members,” he said in a press release issued this afternoon. And it’s not just about art directors. “Design influences culture, and we want to be connected to the outside world in a relevant, and at times provocative, way.”
The ADC has also added four new directors to its board, elevated two directors to officers, and promoted ADC executive director Ami Brophy to the role of CEO. Click “continued…” for the details on the new appointments and board members.