As DDB San Francisco continues to grow and expand its leadership team, it has newly appointed Chris Toffoli as design director/creative director and Oliver Frank as group creative director – both new roles for the San Francisco agency. Both Toffoli and Frank will report to executive creative director Ben Wolan across DDB SF’s portfolio of brands.
With over 20 years of experience on everything from video games to automobiles, Chris joins DDB from BSSP, where he was creative director/art director for seven years, working on almost every piece of business in the building. Chris began his career at BBDO San Francisco as the assistant to literally everyone, including the head of accounting. For a dyslexic with marginal math skills, this was a particularly poor fit. But it was this ineptitude that would allow Chris to forge the path to a career as an art director, working at Y&R as VP/ACD on the Dr. Pepper, Snapple Group business between the New York and San Francisco offices. He created integrated campaigns for all of their soda brands, while also working on the Chevron, NCAA and Maverick’s Surf Co accounts. As design director/creative director, Chris will be tasked with raising the level of design and visual storytelling at the agency. Chris is working across all brands, on new business, and will be helping to build a design team at the agency.
Oliver has been hired as group creative director. Oliver started his career in advertising in Berlin, Germany. He went on to join Wieden+Kennedy in Amsterdam to work on the global Nike account. After returning to Berlin, he founded the first shop for VCCP outside the UK. He continued to work for Nike, won BMW Motorrad global, Sky, Heineken, Converse, and many others – gaining recognition for his work at Cannes and the likes. Oliver led VCCP as executive creative director to over 75 employees before heading west to Los Angeles to work as a creative director for R/GA. At DDB SF, Oliver will work across a variety of clients with a special focus on global brands and new business. As a GCD, he will also be helping manage and shape the creative department as it continues to grow.