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Bill Wright and James Dawson-Hollis Join OgilvyWest as Chief Creative Officers

Press Release   •   Nov 10, 2011 13:29 +08

Buzz-generating creative directors James Dawson-Hollis and Bill Wright are joining OgilvyWest as Chief Creative Officers from Crispin Porter + Bogusky where they were most recently Executive Creative Directors.

The creative duo who made Adweek’s “Top Creative Minds in Digital” list based on their work for Jell-O Pudding’s “The Pudding Face Meter” and Burger King’s “Whopper Sacrifice” Facebook page, assume the open Chief Creative Officer position at OgilvyWest that was previously held by Dan Burrier. Burrier was promoted last year to Chief Innovation Officer.

In commenting on the hires, Steve Simpson, Chief Creative Officer for Ogilvy & Mather North America said, “In an industry that can often be quick to criticize, there are a few people who stand out among their peers; the respect they have earned is almost absolute and has remained steady over time. Bill Wright and James Dawson-Hollis have achieved this rare distinction. They have achieved it because of their work –among the most inventive and memorable of our time – and by the way they have nurtured a new generation of creative talent. They are talent who attract talent – and who know what to do with it. I am thrilled that Bill and James are joining Ogilvy. They will step into a great West Coast creative tradition. And then they will immediately begin to improve upon it.”

At OgilvyWest, the pair will oversee the agency’s integrated creative work for clients such as Cisco, Tabasco, NatureMade and ARCO AM/PM through offices in LA and San Francisco. While at CP+B, they both excelled at creating award-winning work that was heralded for its ability to have cultural impact and relevance. Their work helped CP+B achieve meaningful industry awards including being named “Agency of the Decade” by Advertising Age and Creativity “Agency of the Decade.”

Bill Wright has worked at CP+B since 1995 when he joined the agency from Ogilvy’s Houston office as a copywriter on the award-winning Florida “Truth” campaign which he named.  At CP+B in Miami he worked on pitches that won the MINI Cooper and Compass Bank accounts and penned the “Let’s Motor” tagline for MINI. He and James started working on the Burger King account in 2006. Together they have led the award winning work for Kraft. He also has received all major industry awards and the MINI campaign he worked on was named “Best of Show” at the One Show.

James Dawson-Hollis has worked at CP+B since 2004 when he joined the Miami agency as an art director to work on Burger King, Coke Zero and other brands. He was promoted through the creative ranks and worked throughout the Crispin network overseeing the Burger King work in Europe while expanding his agency responsibilities and clients by leading pitches with Bill Wright to win such brands as Kraft Mac & Cheese, Triscuit and others. His work has won all major industry awards across categories including Cannes Lions for both traditional and interactive categories. He started his advertising career at Mad Dogs & Englishman in 1999.

“It’s really very hard to leave CP+B, but every hundred years or so an opportunity comes along that you just can’t pass up. This is that opportunity. We couldn’t be more excited to join Steve, Colin and the Ogilvy team, and help them continue to build OgilvyWest,” said Bill Wright and James Dawson-Hollis in a joint statement.

Their hire follows several recent important creative hires under CCO North America Steve Simpson’s leadership, including Alfonso Marian who joined Ogilvy this summer from Shackelton, Madrid, Ian MacKellar in Toronto as the agency’s new Chief Creative Officer and Gerard Caputo as ECD in New York.

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