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DDB San Francisco expands its leadership team with two new hires


By Laurie Fullerton | Freelance Writer

February 14, 2017 | 2 min read

DDB San Francisco, part of Omnicom Group Inc., announced the appointment this week of Marla Ulrich as head of production, effective immediately.

Ulrich brings 16 years of experience to her role and will be responsible for DDB San Francisco’s production model. Additionally, experienced Bay Area recruiter Denise Esterkyn joins DDB as head of talent. Both Ulrich and Esterkyn will be part of DDB San Francisco’s leadership team.

These leadership appointments will further advance president and chief executive officer Todd Grantham’s plan to expand DDB San Francisco. In July 2016, Grantham named Kevin Drew Davis chief creative officer of DDB San Francisco. Most recently, Energy Upgrade California selected the agency to be its lead marketing partner.

“We’re focused on making DDB San Francisco a place where creative innovation thrives,” said Grantham. “ Marla and Denise bring the expertise we need to continue to transform and build for the future.”

As head of production, Ulrich will develop content in multiple media and oversee DDB San Francisco’s integrated production team and manage the agency’s in-house production studio.

Davis said, “We’re very excited to have Marla join us because of the depth and breadth of her experience. She’s worked in a variety of environments, from large-scale global productions to lean digital projects. Marla brings knowledge and a skill set to DDB that will integrate our production and creative capabilities even further.”

“In my experience, creative is only ever as good as the production,” Ulrich says. “I think it’s notable that a traditional agency is giving me the chance to lead their production department with a modern approach.”

As DDB San Francisco’s head of talent, Esterkyn will lead recruitment and oversee talent development for the agency.

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