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Tim Leong

Tim Leong

design director, fortune, new york ny

Tim Leong has joined Fortune Magazine as Design Director, where he oversees and directs the visual and creative representation of the brand across all platforms. Leong comes over from Wired, where he was the Director of Digital Design. Says Creative Director Brandon Kavulla: “Tim is a multi-talented guy who worked on all aspects of the Wired brand with an emphasis his last two years on the digital extensions, including all tablet editions, coordinating motion and programming, e-books, e-features as well as working directly with the website. Tim was also a part of Wired’s conferences, working with me on motion graphics/film and overall identity.” Previously, Leong was the Design Director at Complex, where he led the visual team on both the print edition and the website. A comic book creator and aficionado, Leong’s credits include the short-lived Comics Foundry and the just-published “Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe.” Leong is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.

Sean Adams and Drew Davies

Sean Adams and Drew Davies

co-presidents, aiga, new york ny

Sean Adams, a partner at Adams Morioka in Los Angeles and Drew Davies, founder and design director of Oxide Design Co. in Omaha, have been elected as co-presidents of AIGA. Adams, a former president, has rejoined the AIGA national board of directors on an ex officio basis and will serve a two year term. He has been recognized by every major competition and publication, and has been cited as one of the forty most important people shaping design internationally in the ID40 and one of the top ten influential designers by GDUSA. Davies, already serving on the board and as national design director of Design for Democracy, is completing the final year of his term in the role of co-president. He is a past president and advisory board member of the AIGA Nebraska chapter. The two take over from Schwartz Powell co-founder Doug Powell. At the same time, the national organization named five new board members: Deborah Adler, Jenny Lam, Kevin Perry, Ruki Ravikumar, Brian Singer and Andrew Twigg.

Kevin O'Rourke

Kevin O'Rourke

motion graphics designer, utopic, chicago il

Motion graphics artist Kevin O’Rourke moves to Utopic, a hybrid digital media company, as a Motion Graphics Designer. A graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design, O’Rourke is a multi-disciplined artist. Formerly a designer at Red Car/Chicago, his work has garnered national recognition across multiple platforms. For example, the AICP selected O’Rourke as a finalist in the Best Design category in 2010 for “The Drop,” a design-driven piece featured in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. And in 2012, he received another nod in the same category for NEXTEK, a spot out of Team Detroit. Prior to three years at Red Car, O’Rourke honed his skills as senior designer at Univeral Images/Detroit and Postique/Detroit.

R. Christine Hershey

R. Christine Hershey

founder, hershey cause communications los angeles ca

Hershey Cause Communications, a mission-driven strategic marketing/communications agency and a nonprofit, has relaunched as one integrated brand. A pioneer in cause marketing, the firms seeks to create positive social change on behalf of companies, foundations, nonprofits and the public sector. Says R. Christine Hershey, who founded the agency in 1977: “We deliver results for our clients through the unique capabilities of our agency and our nonprofit. It just makes sense to further integrate our operations along those lines.” Hershey’s first project was an outreach campaign to women small business owners on behalf of a group of Los Angeles area credit unions. Over the decades, she has worked at the forefront of nearly every major social movement, from the AIDS crisis and breast cancer awareness to climate change and LGBT equality, and served over 170 clients across a range of progressive causes. “It’s exciting to see that social entrepreneurship, and the idea that business can be both profitable and operate for good, is finally an accepted notion with real momentum,” says Hershey. “We were founded on this notion so many years ago and it continues to guide us.”

Ellen Desmarais

Ellen Desmarais

general manager, istock by getty images, new york ny

Ellen Desmarais is the General Manager of iStock, responsible for overseeing strategy and operations with the aim of driving significant growth for the brand worldwide. Desmarais has a track record of coupling data-driven strategic thinking and analysis with strong management skills to advance impactful growth initiatives. iStock is the web’s original resource for royalty-free stock images, media and design elements, and it recently rebranded as iStock by Getty Images. Prior to joining Getty Images in 2012 as Vice President of Marketing, Desmarais was Executive Director, Strategy and Business Development at Dow Jones where she was lead strategist for the global consumer media portfolio, including The Wall Street Journal. Getty Images CEO Jonathan Klein said: “I’m delighted to have such a strong leader to advance the business into its next era.” Desmarais is a graduate of the Wharton School and the College of William & Mary.

Erik Herter and Andreina Carrillo

associate + senior designer, poulin + morris, new york ny

Poulin + Morris has promoted two to key creative positions: Erik Herter is now an Associate of the firm and Andreina Carrillo has been named a Senior Designer. Herter joined Poulin + Morris Inc. in 2007 as a staff designer and was promoted to Senior Designer in 2011. As an Associate, he is directing the development of environmental graphics, donor recognition and wayfinding sign programs, exhibition design, branding, digital media print media and publication design for, among others, ABC News, Dubai Waterfront Canal District, Free Library of Philadelphia, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, National Museum of African American History and Culture, New York University, NPR, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, Smithsonian Institution, and many more. He holds a BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Carrillo is re- sponsible for project design, management, and coordination. She is working on projects for Barnard College, Fordham Law School, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Smithsonian Institution, and many more. Carrillo graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA.

Coach has named Stuart Vevers its new Executive Creative Director. Formerly of Mulberry, Bottega Veneta and Louis Vuitton, Vevers is most recently credited with bringing the Loewe leathergoods brand back to life by emphasizing its Spanish heritage. At Coach, he is responsible for all creative aspects of the Coach brand, from women and men's design to brand graphics and instore environments.

GLM has upped Melissa Gray to Director, Digital Marketing & Analytics. GLM operates tradeshows, consumer events and digital platforms. In the newly created role, Gray works as part of GLM’s eight-person Digital Products team, and in cooperation with various show teams, to develop a strategic vision for the launch and integration of new online resources, like the 365 suite, and raise awareness of digital marketing technologies across the company. She reports to Jason Brown, Chief Digital Officer. Gray most recently served as Group Marketing Director for such designer-oriented events as the National Stationery Show® and SURTEX®.

Davita Vance-Cooks cracked two ceilings at the Government Printing Office as the Senate unanimously confirmed her as the nation’s public printer, making her both the first female and the first African-American to lead the agency. Vance-Cooks, who has worked in the public sector for more than 30 years, has served as acting public printer since December 2011. During her tenure in that role, she led an effort to rebrand the GPO and keep it relevant in the digital era. “I look forward to working with everyone who shares a stake in our historic mission of keeping America informed as we continue transitioning our products and services to meet the needs of Congress, federal agencies and the public in this digital age,” said Vance-Cooks.

Kelly Porter is a new graphic designer at Hunter Safety Systems, an industry leader in treestand safety equipment. She is providing various web and print design services. Prior to joining HSS, Porter worked as a freelance graphic designer in the Huntsville AL area and has worked as a graphic designer for Motorhead Products, Xarisma and American Classics, all Alabama companies.

Debra Malinics is celebrating 35 years as head of the strategic communications firm that bears her name. Debra Malinics Advertising began as a design firm and expanded to a full-service agency in the 1980s. Recipient of over 300 awards, the company was selected as one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women Owned Businesses, and has regularly been listed among the top advertising agencies, social media and media services agencies by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Malinics, herself, has won numerous professional awards and has been recognized as a “Woman of Distinction” and a “Woman of Accomplishment.”

Entertainment advertising agency The Ant Farm ‒ known for creating campaigns for properties such as Call of Duty, Transformers, The Bourne Identity, Men In Black, and Assassins Creed ‒ appoints Doug Brandt as CEO/Creative Director. With 15 years of experience, Brandt has been making award-winning theatrical advertising, collaborating with major studios and top filmmakers. Over the course of his career, he has worn many hats from creative directing motion graphics to running his own sound design and music company.

Monique Hanis has joined the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) as Vice President of Marketing and Communications & COO to enhance SFI brand recognition through the promotion of its sustainable forestry and responsible sourcing programs. “As we work toward greater adoption and recognition of the SFI program, Monique’s extensive branding, strategic marketing and media relations experience brings valuable vision and leadership to our team, says SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow. Hanis was previously Director of Communications for the Solar Energy Industries Association, and she has held key roles at America’s Community Bankers, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and Independent Community Bankers Association.

Franke+Fiorella expands its interactive design capabilities with the hire of Charlie Ross as Design Director. He brings more than 14 years of award-winning print and interactive design expertise, including logo, brand, print collateral and publication design, and web/mobile touch and interface design. He has worked for 11Below, Carmichael Lynch and Duffy & Partners in the Twin Cities area.

Chaney Kimball has been promoted from interactive designer to senior digital director at Greteman Group. Kimball's degree in graphic design and deep web experience give him a unique perspective on interactive design and usability. His specialty: displaying information in the easiest, most user-friendly way, while developing designs that strengthen brands across multiple platforms. Kimball joined the Greteman Group in 2007.

thinkdm2 of Edgewater NJ adds PJ Molski to the design team. Molski is responsible for providing web and print design services on several platforms. Projects include websites/microsites/landing pages, banner ads, branding components, PowerPoints, and various printed pieces. Molski will also continue to research and develop new and current trends. He began his design career at The College of New Jersey, graduating in 2009 with a BA in Graphic Design. He worked at OwnerIQ in Boston and freelanced for thinkdm2 from February 2012 until he was hired full time.

Kevin Lukens joins the MeringCarson advertising agency, Sacramento CA, as a Senior Art Director. Previously, Lukens was an Art Director with Sid Lee in Montreal and he also spent five years with Vitro in San Diego as a Senior Art Director working on the agency’s ASICS, Newcastle Brown Ale, Cobra Golf, PF Chang and Kyocera Wireless accounts. He began his career with O'Leary and Partners in Newport Beach CA. MeringCarson has offices in northern and southern California; clients include Visit California, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, California Raisins, and CA Speedway.