Saatchi & Saatchi appoints Talia Handler executive VP

Saatchi & Saatchi has hired Talia Handler, formerly of Deutsch New York, as executive vice president and group account director charged with handling its Chase account.

At Deutsch, Handler held the same titles and worked on the agency’s Microsoft and Jägermeister businesses. Prior to that, she worked as a senior partner and executive marketing director at Ogilvy & Mather where she contributed to IBM’s Smarter Planet’s Brand.

In a statement to The Drum, Handler said that she is keen to get started on her new role.

“The new leadership team has such a clear, creative-focused vision that is very inspiring and palpable,” she said. “Match that vision with Chase - a brand that I have loved since I got an ATM card at 16 - and it's the perfect storm of an opportunity."

Along with Chase, Saatchi's roster includes Toyota, Cheerios, and Pampers.

Handler will report directly to Saatchi & Saatchi chief executive Brent Smart.

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