Independent agency 22squared has promoted Brandon Murphy to president.
Richard Ward, who has served as president and chief executive of 22squared since 2006, will now shift into the role of chairman. He will retain the title of chief executive.
Murphy joined 22squared in 2005 as SVP-strategy director. Most recently, he served as chief client officer of the agency. Before joining 22squared, he served as SVP-planning director at Campbell Ewald.
“Our agency is recognized for our unique culture and thoughtful, methodic, strategic transitions. Unlike most agencies, we take a very long view of our business which facilitates the lost art of growing and grooming leaders from within an organization. For the past 12 years Brandon has held leadership positions in every department in the agency, and earned both the loyalty and passionate commitment of our staff. This is the perfect next move for Brandon, at precisely the right time for 22squared,” said Ward in a statement.
According to 22squared, which has offices in Atlanta and Tampa, the shop has “tripled in size and expanded clients, employees, service offerings and revenue” over the past decade. The agency counts Dunkin’ Donuts, Publix, Baskin-Robbins and The Home Depot as clients.
Of his appointment, Murphy said: “Having worked for a holding company agency, I came to 22squared 12 years ago because it was my best chance to create real change. And while I've helped change much of the agency, I feel it's changed me even more. I believe the sky is the limit for an independent agency with smarts, creativity and vision. I am incredibly excited and honored to help lead this special place to new heights. We have high goals and an ambitious vision in which I'm proud to play a part.”
His appointment comes on the heels of a number of new hires and promotions at the agency. Earlier this year, 22squared promoted Cheryl Davis to chief financial officer, making her the first woman to hold that position at the agency. Annette Sally, former EVP-global business leader at Leo Burnett Worldwide, recently joined 22squared as EVP-executive director of account management.
It also recently expanded its creative team with the hires of art director Katie Davis, senior copywriter Kristin Wellmer and junior copywriter Hannah Heller.