Movers & Shakers: BBDO, Iris, Centro, and more

AnalogFolk's Michelle Choi, Associate Director, Data Strategy; Claudeland Louis, Associate Creative Director; and Sina Iranikhah, Senior Strategist.
AnalogFolk's Michelle Choi, Associate Director, Data Strategy; Claudeland Louis, Associate Creative Director; and Sina Iranikhah, Senior Strategist.

This week's account of wins and losses, lay-offs and hires.

Wins & Losses

Iris has been appointed as Apollo Tyres’s lead brand strategy and creative agency for North America, becoming the company’s agency of record for their premium tire brand Vredestein.

GSD&M founder Tim McClure has joined forces with Rick Rabe, founder of Iconic Creative Collective, to launch Iconic Texas, marshaling their collective talents to promote iconic Texas brands.

Slinger Bag, the new, crowdfunded start-up that has captured the tennis world’s imagination by creating a versatile tennis ball launcher, has selected Brandnation to handle its global brand communications ahead of its upcoming launch.


Up & out

BSSP has added to its leadership team by bringing on Chris Cummings as Chief Strategy Officer.

Koddi Hires Former Marriott Executive Carlisle Connally to the newly created role of vice president customer success & strategy. 

Duncan Channon has hired MH VCCP veteran Noel Johnson as the agency’s first director of marketing and client engagement. 

Jack Morton announced it has appointed Jeremy Hodges to vice president, executive creative director where he will be responsible for charting the creative direction of several key accounts including MillerCoors.

Code and Theory announced today that Ben Berentson has been promoted to Managing Director of the agency’s New York headquarters, effective immediately.

Independent digital creative agency AnalogFolk announced today the appointment of three new hires for the agency’s New York office: Michelle Choi, Associate Director, Data Strategy; Claudeland Louis, Associate Creative Director; and Sina Iranikhah, Senior Strategist. 

Centro has appointed Colleen Healy as chief financial officer. 

The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) has announced that it has hired Eva McCloskey as managing director.

Josh Rubin and Fred Sanicola bring award-winning portfolios to Spark44 as Executive Creative Directors in NA. 

Merkle’s HelloWorld this week announced their newest hire, James Riess. Based out of New York, Riess will be taking the role of VP, head of strategy & insights for promotions & loyalty solutions. 

BBDO has brought in industry veterans Alex Booker and Philip Sicklinger to serve as executive creative directors on the Ford business in North America. 

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