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Su Mathews Hale

Su Mathews Hale


Lippincott senior design partner Su Mathews Hale is the new president-elect of AIGA. Mathews Hale will serve on the executive committee for one year before becoming the fifth female president of the 100-year old association in July 2015. “AIGA has played a large part in my own career and is such a crucial resource for designers in all facets of business,” she says. “I am honored to take on the position of president-elect especially as the association celebrates its Centennial and paves the way for the next century.” At Lippincott, Mathews Hale works on global projects spanning brand creation and identity development. Notable clients include Chick-fil-A, eBay, Hayneedle, Hershey’s, Hyatt, IHG, Liz Claiborne, New York Public Library, RadioShack, Red Robin, Samsung and Shutterstock. She was creative director on the famed Walmart rebranding and recently led the creative team for the refreshed brand identity of eBay. A frequent speaker and design judge, Mathews Hale was featured as a “Symbol Master” and was selected by Graphic Design USA as a 2013 “People to Watch.” She holds degrees from The Fashion Institute of Technology.

Phil Hamlett

Phil Hamlett

president, AIGA, san francisco ca

Phil Hamlett, Graduate Director of the School of Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University, has succeeded David Hisaya Asari as president of AIGA San Francisco. He is the 16th president in the organization’s 31 year history. Prior to joining the Academy, the largest private art and design school in the country, Hamlett led design studios on both coasts, creating award-winning work for clients of all sizes. He is deeply committed to the AIGA, having previously served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco chapter and most recently on the national AIGA Board. He is the founder of the sustainable design conference Compostmodern and the co-author of The Living Principles for Design, and is often credited with setting the agenda for sustainable business practice within the design community through writing and speaking engagements. David Asari served on the AIGA SF board for six years, working on initiatives on diversity and mentoring, and spearheading significant Bay Area design events, including SF Design Week. To introduce himself as the new president, Hamlett worked with MetaDesign to put together a wry video mocking the “voluntary” nature of such appointments; it can be viewed on YouTube by searching #AIGA4LIFE

Paul Wharton

Paul Wharton

AIGA BOARD MEMBER and Vice President-Creative, Larsen, MINNEAPOLIS MN

Larsen Vice President-Creative Paul Wharton has been elected to the AIGA National Board of Directors. Wharton previously served AIGA in numerous roles including president of AIGA Minnesota, member of the AIGA Minnesota Advisory Board, member of the national AIGA Nominating Committee, and member of the committees for AIGA Minnesota Design Camp and the Design Show. “Paul has long been an asset to the Minnesota design community,” says Larsen President and Founder Tim Larsen. “Being asked to serve on the AIGA national board is a tribute to his talent.” He is a graduate of University of Northern Iowa, and studied graphic design and photography at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His work has been honored by CA, GDUSA, HOW, and the Art Director’s Club, among others.

Global brand agency CBX appoints Anthony Simon as Group Director of its branded environments team. The retail and restaurant design industry veteran brings more than 20 years of experience to CBX. He reports to Joseph Bona, President, CBX Branded Environments. Simon joined CBX from TPG Architecture where he was Design Director, and his key accounts included Perry Ellis, Original Penguin, Crocs, Adidas, Charming Charlie, HTC, RXR and The Empire State Building. Simon also has a rich background in project and studio management, creative direction at 212 Design Inc. and TSC Design Associates n New York City.

Wendy Hafen is the first member of Rule29’s newly opened office in Phoenix AZ. The successful Chicago-based agency officially expanded to Arizona this past spring. Hafen originally hails from Southern California but has been working in the Phoenix creative community for the past seven years. Justin Ahrens is principal and creative director of the agency.

SGK appoints Andrew Flynn as senior vice president, brand strategy. Flynn focuses on identifying and developing strategic solutions for clients to help drive brand performance by leveraging the services offered by Brandimage and Anthem, part of SGK’s brand development group, and Schawk, the company’s brand deployment business. He brings more than 20 years of experience to the post, spending 15 years at Prophet, a strategic management consultancy. Flynn received a BA from Princeton University and an MBA at Babson College.

Mohawk names Elizabeth Talerman to its Board of Directors. Talerman is chief executive officer and managing partner of Nucleus, a New York-based brand strategy firm, and has spent more than 28 years working with leading brands in the consumer, business, and non-profit sectors building sustainable brand value and delivering profitable business results. Before launching a brand strategy practice in 2002, Elizabeth was founder and CEO of Agile Industries, a pioneering digital marketing agency. She’s also held senior positions at Ogilvy, Ingalls Advertising, and Harvard Business School. Elizabeth teaches at Columbia University’s Strategic Communications Master’s Degree Program, SVA’s Master in Branding Program and serves on the board of VCU Brandcenter.