Ian joins mb
to lead creative
at the New York flagship
for clients including
Subway, and Verizon
(New York — 5 September 2018) Ned Crowley, U.S. Chief Creative Officer, mcgarrybowen (mb), announced today that Matt Ian has been named Chief Creative Officer for its New York flagship office.
Ian will lead creative for mb’s New York clients including Subway, United Airlines, Verizon, Crayola, Chevron, Northrop Grumman, and more. Ian has been with Droga5 since 2015. As Executive Creative Director at the creative shop, he worked with top brands like The Nature’s Bounty Company, Quilted Northern, and Sprint, and landed many new business wins including Pizza Hut and IHOP (which most recently saw success with their burger launch, “IHOb”).
Ian served tours at some of the most successful creative agencies in the world. Prior to Droga, he was the ECD creative lead at TBWA\Chiat\Day, where he was responsible a streak of new business wins, including Travelers Insurance, Thompson Reuters, Kenwood Wines, NBCU, and H&M. And before returning to New York for TBWA, Ian worked at CP+B Boulder and Deutsch LA.
At Deutsch LA, Ian was EVP, Co-Creative lead on Volkswagen, overseeing all North America work (brand advertising, retail advertising, collateral, digital, and experiential). While at Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, he served as creative director on the Microsoft Windows business.
Before heading out West, Ian spent the majority of his career at BBH, NY. First as copywriter, then Creative Director, on iconic brands like Axe, Levis, Smirnoff Raw Tea (The Original Tea Partay), Vitamin Water, ALL laundry detergent, Sony Ericsson, Rolling Stone Magazine, Lipton, Johnny Walker, Match.com, and Sprite.
Matt has earned top honors from every major industry award show along with having his work discussed, critiqued, and celebrated in the press by The New York Times, USA Today, Fortune, The Chicago Tribune, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Herald, CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, MSNBC, as well as all the trade publications. Matt’s work on VW was also nominated for two Emmys.
Crowley said, “We looked long and hard and when we met Matt we knew we found someone who represented the future—a new chapter of creative leadership for our New York flagship. Matt has an insane body of work and deep creative experience from some of the best creative agencies around. He understands how to bring together people around a brave new vision and make the work better. He is going to be a great partner and energy force as we continue to lean into our new creative momentum here at the agency.”
Upward trends at mcgarrybowen
Crowley described a renewed commitment to raising the bar on creativity by bringing in top talent like Ian and to engage everyone in the agency.
Those efforts are paying off in the press with accolades on new work from Amex to Subway, United to Marriott and Verizon. They are also driving an unprecedented new business streak and one of the most award-winning years for mcgarrybowen on record. The creative resurgence is also attracting fresh new talent from other top creative shops, and people like Julie Scelzo who recently joined from Pandora to take on the role of Global ECD on American Express.
In addition, the agency recently exponentially increased their digital creative offering through the acquisition of San Francisco-based Swirl, and has upped its design capability through the hiring of Justin Walsh from BBDO as the New York’s new chief design officer.
Ushering in this exciting new chapter for mcgarrybowen is newly minted U.S. President Patrick Lafferty, who joined from Translation two months ago, who said “We’re in the business of culture-scarring, business-driving work. Matt is an incredible creative leader who joins a hungry, passionate team ready to tear it up.”
Ian said, “Mcgarrybowen’s got positive momentum; you can see it in the new hires and in the new business wins. Most creative opportunities at this level are more about shoring up or rebuilding; but this job is about complementing and building on what’s already working so well. And beyond that, I just really admired and genuinely liked everyone I met. My BBH and Droga5 partner, Amee Shah, told me a great Tina Fey quote: ‘don’t hire anyone you wouldn’t want to run into in the hallway at 3:00 AM.’ That’s also a pretty good rule when you’re thinking about joining a team.”
Ian will join mcgarrybowen New York leadership team headed by President Angela Johnson, who joined earlier this year from WPP where she led the global Kimberly-Clark business, and Conner Huber, Chief Strategy Officer who came to mcgarrybowen a little more than year ago, having worked at top creative shops from Goodby, Wieden, and CP+B.
Ian will begin his new role in mid-September.
mcgarrybowen is a global, full-service, integrated marketing communications agency network headquartered in New York with offices in Chicago, San Francisco, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Mexico City, São Paulo, Shanghai, Honk Kong, Singapore, and Bangalore. Part of the Dentsu Aegis Network, the agency was founded in 2002 on a simple request to clients: “Give us your biggest challenge.” mcgarrybowen earned “Agency of the Year” honors four times from Ad Age, Adweek, and Ad Age’s “2017 Comeback Agency of the Year” and a “2018 Agency to Watch.” It was also named “2018 Agency of the Year” by the Chicago Advertising Federation. mcgarrybowen counts some of the world’s most iconic companies as its clients, including American Express, Intel, Disney, Subway, The Clorox Company, The Kraft Heinz Company, Mondelēz International, Marriott, United Airlines, Chevron, Northrop Grumman, Hallmark, and Crayola. facebook.com/mcgarrybowen, twitter.com/mcgarrybowen, instagram.com/mcgarrybowen
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