Droga5 names first global CCO and creative promotions as it eyes global expansion

Droga5 names first global CCO and promotes others

Droga5, which was acquired by Accenture Interactive earlier this year, has named its first ever global chief creative officer in Neil Heymann. His promotion is one of several creative moves made by the agency as it looks to expand its reach.

Aside from Heymann, Felix Richter and Tim Gordon have been elevated to co-chief creative officers, Alexander Nowak has been promoted to global head of art, Juliana Cobb to executive creative director and Julia Albu to head of creative integration.

“There’s nothing better than seeing your best and brightest flourish from within," said founder and creative chairman David Droga. "I couldn’t be happier or prouder of them all.

"With our London and New York offices performing so well, both recognized as Agency of the Year in their own markets in 2018 and with the support of Accenture Interactive, it’s exciting and intimidating to see if we can extend our unique offering to a few other compelling markets."

Heymann joined Droga5 in 2009 as digital associate creative director and has been at the helm of many of the agency’s defining work, including campaigns and branding for Mailchimp, Microsoft’s Bing, Toyota Mirai and Google. With 20 years of experience on the creative front, Heymann was promoted to chief creative officer at Droga5 in early 2018.

In his new role he will lead the expansion of Droga5 into new markets in partnership with Accenture Interactive, as well as oversee several new global accounts.

Richter arrived at Droga5 in 2011 as a copywriter and rose through the ranks quickly to creative director in 2014, followed by his promotion to executive creative director in 2017.

Gordon came to the agency in 2008 as one of its very first creatives. Having helped grow the agency during its formative years, he ascended in the creative department and was promoted to executive creative director in 2017.

In their new roles as co-chief creative officers, Richter and Gordgon will oversee the entire creative department in New York.

Nowak landed at Droga5 in 2011 as art director. In his role as global head of art, he will lend his experience in the world of visual and creative arts to bring even more craft and conceptual creative to life.

Cobb came to the agency in 2016 as group creative director from BBDO. Her storytelling expertise has led to award-winning work for numerous clients including Chase, Blue Apron and Thorne. In her role as executive creative director, she will bring a new dimension to the senior creative bench at Droga5.

Albu joined Droga5 in 2006 as account director, also as one of the agency’s first employees. After briefly leaving for stints at BBH and Anomaly, she arrived back at Droga5 as group account director in 2015. In her role as head of creative integration, Albu will oversee operations for the creative and design departments.

Jason Severs will continue to oversee the design department in New York as chief design officer, and David Kolbusz will continue to oversee the creative department in London as UK chief creative officer.

“This group has helped shape Droga5 and its work and culture since its inception to present day and will be key in defining how we evolve into the future," said Sarah Thompson, global chief executive officer, Droga5.

"I am excited to see people – many who grew up and paved their career paths at Droga5 – step into roles that will continue to shape our agency."

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