JWT hires five design and digital creatives

Brent Choi continues his hiring spree, having added a total of 12 new creatives since joining the agency in January, including a new head of art role for designer David Taylor.

Since arriving at JWT six months ago, Brent Choi has made it his mission to boost the agency’s integrated creative product by hiring a slew of creatives across a variety of capabilities. Today, he adds five more to the other seven creatives he’s hired in his short time spent as JWT’s chief creative and integration officer.

David Taylor (pictured) has been appointed as the head of art, a newly created role for the agency. The 14-year design vet, with experience at design firms and agencies including Taxi, Interbrand and TBWA, will be involved in helping to lead a range of top accounts, such as Tim Hortons, the University of Toronto and Walmart.

“With the strengthening of our integrated offering and the exponential increase in the number of consumer touch-points, visual identity and art direction have become a key pillar in connecting communications,” says Choi in an email about the new role. “David will not only oversee every aspect of every client from a visual standpoint, he will play a critical role in collaborating on major communication initiatives.”

Two other creatives, Denise Cole and Saro Ghazarian, have also recently been hired by JWT as art director and copywriter, respectively. Cole comes from TBWA and Ghazarian joins the agency from BBDO. They have both worked on campaigns for brands such as Energizer, Ray-Ban and Mercedes-Benz that have been recognized at notable award shows including D&AD, the CLIOs and Communication Arts.

Thomas Hong, previously a freelance art director for agencies Blast Radius and Critical Mass, has joined JWT as digital designer to lead in-house digital creative. The former senior developer for Draftfcb, Kevin Tam, has been hired to lead the development of digital initiatives for clients Mazda, HSBC and Tim Hortons. Both Hong and Tam have a combined 20 years of experience working on award-winning programs.