Jon Flannery returns to FCB Chicago as new EVP/ECD

Jon Flannery

FCB veteran Jon Flannery returns to FCB Chicago on Oct. 1 as EVP/executive creative director, after leading FCB Toronto for two years – and marking the first appointee of Liz Taylor, the agency’s new CCO.

“We feel very lucky to have Jon back in Chicago,” said Taylor. “He’s a culture builder, a creative talent and the kind of leader that brings out the best in everyone. He will continue to raise the bar and make us all better.”

During his Toronto stint, Flannery brought in A-class talent and helped reestablish the agency as a top creative force in Canada, setting a track record for new business ranging from Ontario Tourism to Ritz Crackers.

“We did amazing things in Toronto in a short amount of time, and I’m looking forward to using that experience to help build Chicago’s next chapter,” Flannery said.

Added FCB’s global chief creative officer Susan Credle, “When you see someone doing something impressive in the network, you pay attention. Jon went to Canada to help turn the agency around. In less than two years, FCB Toronto has become an agency to watch.”

Flannery is a well-known in the Chicago ad industry.

Before joining FCB in six years ago, where his work included former client Kmart’s successful “Ship My Pants” campaign, he spent seven years with Element 79 and nine years at Leo Burnett, on brands that included KFC, NHL, Brown-Forman, Del Monte, Gatorade, Kellogg’s, Dean Witter and Philip Morris International.

This year has also been an amazing one for 750-person FCB Chicago. It added many new accounts, including Clorox, FanDuel, Fiat Chrysler automobiles, the J.M. Smucker Company, Radio Flyer, digital duties for Humana and an expanded digital scope for Jack Daniel’s.