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Y&R aims for creative “renaissance” with 12 new hires

We often hear about agencies hiring creative teams. Y&R’s new CCO Jon Burley has gone a big step further by hiring a whole team of creatives, 12 in all. A creative department “renaissance” it seems.

Top of the list is Jim Bolton, Burley’s former deputy at CHI and before that Leo Burnett who joins as as deputy ECD. Then there are two more creative directors, Mark Farinha, formerly a creative director at Drum, and Gavin McGrath, who returns to the UK following a stint at MullenLowe in Los Angeles.

Joyce Kremer and Sophie Taylor join from Grey London, Sean Johnson and Josh Pearce from Brothers and Sisters, Amy Fasey from Wieden+Kennedy and Slavka Bozhinova from Bulgaria where she worked on projects for Audi and VW among others. Nina Beyers and Tom Espezel-Bentley join from 4Creative and George Robb has been hired after a placement at the agency.

Think that’s the lot (above).

Burley says “This is a huge investment in a multi-disciplined, renaissance creative department that can truly deliver against the shared ambition of the agency and its client partners.

“I’m genuinely thrilled to be able to draw upon such a diverse range of extraordinary talent, and couldn’t hope for a more wonderful gang of freaks and geeks to help us drive forward into a new era of creative excellence at Y&R London.”

New Y&R global president David Patton has made no secret that he thought Y&R London, a key office in the network alongside New York, was under-powered. Not any more it seems, at least on the creative floor.

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About Stephen Foster

Stephen is a former editor of Marketing Week and London Evening Standard advertising columnist. He wrote City Republic for Brand Republic and is a partner in communications consultancy The Editorial Partnership.

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