PRESIDENT, ART DIRECTORS CLUB, NEW YORK NY
Benjamin Palmer, CEO of The Barbarian Group, has been elected to serve a three-year term as the 58th president of the Art Directors Club. Palmer co-founded the interactive agency and has served as its head since company inception in 2001. He has quickly risen as one of the most recognized and respected voices in the interactive advertising community, and The Barbarian Group was most recently named as one of the world’s 50 most innovative companies by Fast Company. Palmer joined the ADC board in 2008, and has played an active role in club direction and programming. Palmer succeeds Doug Jaeger, president, JaegerSloan, Inc., who when appointed at age 33 was the youngest president in ADC’s 91-year history. “Benjamin Palmer is absolutely the right person to lead ADC,” says Jaeger. “He’s a hardcore entrepreneur and artist who has proven himself as a successful creative, leader and businessperson. He’s brought valuable partnerships to ADC, helped curate activities and made key contributions to club direction. Benjamin’s approach to the creative process and the field overall will be a great asset to ADC, its members and the global creative community.”
TRANSITION TO INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT, NEW YORK NY
Steff Geissbuhler, a partner for 30 years at Chermayeff & Geismar and then co-founder of C&G Partners, has transitioned from partner of the firm to continue his career as an independent consultant. His focus continues to be on brand identities and visual communications. According to an official announcement, he will continue to be involved in ongoing projects with the firm and select future projects, as well as working with clients of his own. Geissbuhler is among America’s most celebrated designers of integrated brand and corporate identity programs. His work has been honored with the AIGA Medal, the U.S. Federal Achievement Design Award and awards from the Art Director’s Clubs and the International Poster Biennales. Geissbuhler served as the U.S. president of the AGI and has been a member of the board of the AIGA. He is a past president of AIGA’s New York chapter and is presently serving on its board. Clients have included NBC, Merck, Time Warner, Univision and Telemundo, Voice of America, Toledo Museum of Art, National Parks of New York Harbor, the New York Public Library, Crane & Co., Calamos Investments, Alhurra TV, IBM, Alvin Ailey, The Kaplan Thaler Group, The CUNY Graduate Center and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. He has taught at the Philadelphia College of Art, Cooper Union and Yale University, and he lectures throughout the country.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR, MARSH, INC., CINCINNATI OH
Tom Tekulve is now providing design oversight on Marsh, Inc.’s consumer packaged goods business, including current brands Sherwin-Williams, Heater Meals, Robeks, as well as new business initiatives. Tekulve has spent two decades in the business, working on packaging, advertising and promotional work at LPK and Interbrand, among others. He was most recently Design Director at LPK.
VICE PRESIDENT, MANAGER INTERACTIVE SERVICES, LINCOLN NE
Swanson Russell ups Johnny Le to Vice President, Manager of Interactive Services. With his promotion, Le becomes an officer of Swanson Russell, Nebraska’s largest marketing communications firm. Under his direction, the interactive department has continued its rapid growth and now employs more than 20 people. Le leads the interactive department to combine user experience strategy, technology and creativity in building real digital experiences, including websites, digital advertising and other digital communications.
ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR, HIGH WIDE & HANDSOME, LOS ANGELES CA
Matt Dimmer, recently an associate creative director at Euro Chicago, joins Los Angeles independent shop HIGH WIDE & HANDSOME. During his more than three years at Euro, Dimmer contributed to a variety of notable business wins including Canadian Club Whisky, Cracker Barrel and Reynolds/Hefty. This move marks a return to Southern California for Dimmer, who served as a senior art director at Vitrorobertson in San Diego prior to moving to the Midwest. At HIGH WIDE & HANDSOME, he assumes the role of associate creative director and spearheads efforts on the agency’s multiple wine, spirits and video game accounts. Says HW&H co-founder and chief creative officer Mike Wolfsohn. “Matt is one of those rare guys who has the ability to improve a shop’s culture, it’s work and it’s trajectory — we’re thrilled he’s chosen to join us.”
CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER, WING, NEW YORK NY
Wing, an agency within WPP’s Grey Group, has appointed Renata Florio its Chief Creative Officer. Florio, a top creative from Brazil with extensive experience in the Hispanic market, is charged with overseeing creative direction for clients, which include P&G, Goya Foods, Eli Lilly and the Ad Council.