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MullenLowe expands US creative team with three new hires

Chris Ribeiro (l) and Drew Stalker

MullenLowe US, part of the global MullenLowe Group network, has announced three new creative hires: Scott Hayes, executive creative director; Chris Ribeiro, senior vice president, group creative director; and Drew Stalker, senior vice president, group creative director.

All will work closely with MullenLowe US chief creative officer and managing partner Mark Wenneker to execute the agency’s creative vision, helping to attract new talent and support rapid growth. Hayes will be based in the agency’s Winston-Salem, NC, office, while Ribeiro and Stalker will work from MullenLowe LA.

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome three creative powerhouses to the MullenLowe family, and at a time when our portfolio of modern challenger brands continues to grow,” said Wenneker. “These are the kind of people who elevate the work and consistently find a way to tell a good story, no matter the stage or platform.”

Hayes started his advertising career at Wieden+Kennedy New York, where he worked on ESPN, including the iconic ‘This is SportsCenter’ campaign. He also created award-winning work for Nike’s Jordan Brand, helping to earn its position as one of the top basketball shoes in the world. From there, he went to Mother, working on Johnson & Johnson brands and driving major US growth for Stella Artois. Next, he went to Goodby Silverstein & Partners as the creative lead on YouTube initiatives and Comcast Xfinity.

Hayes was most recently with Anomaly, where he led the global creative for Budweiser, including enterprise, social, digital, mobile, film, content and search. His team expanded Budweiser’s cultural relevance and voice beyond puppies in the Super Bowl with the 2016 anti-drunk driving ad starring Helen Mirren. The following year, ‘Born the Hard Way’ touted the brand’s heritage with the immigration story of Anheuser-Busch Cofounder, Adolphus Busch. Hayes has earned recognition from top-tier industry organizations, including Cannes Lions, Communication Arts, D&AD, the One Show, the Clio Awards and the Effie Awards.

Ribeiro and Stalker, who previously held positions at TBWA\Chiat\Day, will join the MullenLowe LA team led by executive creative director Margaret Keene. The pair worked on Apple’s 2013 iPhone holiday spot, ‘Misunderstood’, for which they were awarded three Film and Design Lions at Cannes, a Silver One Show Pencil, a gold Clio Award and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Commercial.

While their influence will touch a number of accounts across the global network, Ribeiro and Stalker’s primary focus will be the agency’s Acura business, for which MullenLowe is the creative agency of record. Ribeiro is a graduate of the University of Oregon. Stalker graduated from the ArtCenter College of Design — where he now serves as an instructor — and studied screenwriting with the famed school of improvisation, the Second City.