(More) new creative firepower at Zulu

A trio of new creatives, including an ACD, bring the agency's total new hires over the past three months to 17.
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Zulu’s latest round of creative hires, from left to right: copywriter Samantha Angus, associate creative director Gail Pak and art director Alicia Brown.

Surely Zulu Alpha Kilo must be running out of desk space by now, with three more staff joining the agency’s creative department.

Leading the trio is Gail Pak, whose hiring as an associate creative director concludes the search for a partner to work with George Ault, who was promoted to the same position last month.

Pak joins after more than two years at Lowe Roche. Prior to that, she was an integrated art director at Zig where she worked for three years, staying on following its acquisition by what was then CP+B and developing the “Axe Channel” campaign for Unilever’s Axe brand. She also spent six years as an art director at Leo Burnett, where she worked on campaigns for clients including Kellogg’s and P&G.

The agency has also hired the freelance creative team of art director Alicia Brown and copywriter Samantha Angus. The pair, who met during a contract at John St., are coming off a contract working at One on clients including Heineken, Canadian Blood Services and Air Wick.

The three new staff bring Zulu’s total hires to 17 in the last three months. The spree began with the addition of ECD Allen Oke, copywriter Guilherme Bermejo and art director Nicholas Derr, all from TBWA\Toronto, in May. Within a week, the agency announced another nine hires in its creative and account departments. When Ault’s promotion was announced two weeks after that, Zulu also announced it had hired the team of Noel Fenn and Andrew Caie from Leo Burnett as ACDs.

While some of the previous hires have been a result of growth in new projects from Hershey Canada and Alterna Savings, some of the recent additions have also been to the Zulu Live real-time social content team, which now has seven staff members.

Overall, Zulu has been looking to bolster its team this year. Zak Mroueh, CCO and CEO at Zulu Alpha Kilo, said in an email the most recent hires were another investment in talent and part of the agency “strengthening [its] creative back bone.”

The agency also recently bid farewell to ACD Shawn James, who left for Taxi 2 earlier this month.