Patrick Scissons named global CCO at KBS

James Ansley and Joel Arbez have been promoted to co-ECDs as Grey Canada's creative leader heads to New York.

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Patrick Scissons, chief creative officer at Grey Canada, will be leaving the agency to take the global CCO role at KBS.

In his new job, Scissons will be focused on bolstering the creative output of KBS’ headquarters in New York, according to a press release. He will also be responsible for “nurturing” the creative leadership in KBS’ offices in Canada, U.K. and China. Scissons will begin his new role later this summer.

Scissons’ new position has been vacant since January when Dan Kelleher and Jonathan Mackler were let go by KBS, having taken on the co-CCO position in 2014. On Monday, the network made three other executive promotions, including a new president for its New York office and new global chief strategy and technology officers.

Scissons joined Grey Canada as CCO in 2011 when the multi-disciplinary agency he founded, Birthplace, was bought by WPP and absorbed by Grey. Scissons’ hiring came several months after Stephanie Nerlich took over as the agency’s president and CEO. In March, Nerlich became CMO and managing director for the Canadian operations of MDC, the holding company that owns KBS.

To fill the creative leadership at Grey, the agency has promoted creative directors James Ansley and Joel Arbez to co-ECD roles. Ansley has been with Grey since 2011, joining shortly after Scissons, from TBWA\Toronto. Arbez joined the agency in January after three years at Saatchi & Saatchi. Both will report to Darlene Remlinger, who was named president of Grey Canada following Nerlich’s departure.

Grey Canada has pulled in numerous awards during Scissons’ tenure as its creative leader. Earlier this month, the “Groceries Not Guns” campaign took the Grand Effie, capping off a year of wins for work that helped land Grey in the number four spot on this year’s Creative Report Card.