Mike Roe joins Gravity Labs Chicago as first CCO

25-year ad vet Mike Roe, who has joined Gravity Labs, is a Carmichael Lynch, BBDO, FCB and razorfish alum.

Gravity Labs (GL), a fully-integrated advertising agency built for the new economy, hires Mike Roe as its first Chief Creative Officer (CCO). In the newly created role, Roe will lead ideation and creative output strengthening GL’s model to remove pain points commonly seen by clients that hire large agencies by getting to big ideas faster, more collaboratively and efficiently. 

Roe joins GL from razorfish where he was Regional Executive Creative Director, overseeing all creative for the global network’s Chicago and Austin offices. Throughout his career, Roe has worked with clients such as Jim Beam, Wrigley, SC Johnson, FTD, Citi, Patron & USAA. 

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Davin Power, President, said, “I’ve known Mike for nearly ten years, first as partners at BBDO. With more than 25 years in the industry, he brings a fresh perspective to clients and his creativity knows no bounds. As GL reached a point to bring on additional creative leadership, we knew Mike was the perfect fit for the next stage of our agency’s growth and clients.” 

Added Roe, “There’s still a lot of bloat in the ad world. It’s getting better, but it’s one of the reasons I chose GL. Davin and I are the syntheses of blue-chip traditional agencies and world-famous digital shops. We take the strategy and craft of branding but add a more fluid process to the workflow which we stole from the digital world. It’s more organic and fun.” 

Adding Roe to the team amplifies the agency’s momentum of new business wins including Ocean Spray, Dairy Farmers of America, Transamerica, USG and the Irvine Company. “We’ve seen unprecedented agency growth over the last three years. Even with the unprecedented times this year, we’ve seen 300 percent year over year revenue growth, which proves clients find our model and belief of taking brands further, faster a real benefit,” Power added

Said Roe, “One of the pillars of GL is deep client collaboration, which I love. I’ve learned having open and honest conversations about work always makes it better. The work is simpler, tighter and gets vetted through organizational landmines sooner. I’ve learned to be confident in the work, but never precious.”