FCB Inferno today announced three significant internal promotions and a raft of hires in their creative department.
Emily Winterbourne has been promoted from marketing director to chief marketing officer. During her eight years with the company, Emily has moved steadily through the ranks to become an integral part of the agency’s DNA. As part of the newly created role she will join the executive leadership board and help to shape the agency’s culture, as well as continuing to lead the marketing and new business functions. Emily is also a member of the IPA’s New Business and Marketing Group.
Emily said: “I’m delighted to have the chance to play a deeper role here and help shape the future of the agency, which I love so much.”
The senior creative team of copywriter Guy Hobbs and art director Ben Edwards have been promoted to creative directors. They join Martin McAllister, Becky McOwen-Banks and Jo Jenkins in these roles, under the leadership of creative partner Al Young and chief creative officer Owen Lee.
The creative team has gone from strength to strength, with groundbreaking work for BMW, Huawei and the Home Office, as well as launching Queen Rules, a global initiative for International Women’s Day.
Four creatives are also joining the agency. Kristian Wheater and Jonathon Owens have been freelancing at the agency for several months, and were previously at Spark44, where they were UK Creative Directors on Jaguar and Land Rover. Prior to this, they have worked with top clients including Apple, Virgin Media, NSPCC, RSPCA, Barclays and The Guardian.
Andrea Rambert and Lucia Mencos have also found a new home at the agency, following time at Fallon, Mother and VCCP working on brands including Cadbury, Expedia, Deliveroo and Müller. Since moving to London and joining FCB Inferno’s Creative department, they have been working on briefs for Valspar and BMW.
Laura Pirkis has also been promoted to strategy director. Laura played a huge role in the agency’s Home Office win and has been responsible for the strategy behind the hard-hitting #Knifefree campaign. She was also instrumental in the agency retaining the Sport England business.
Vicki Holgate, chief strategy officer said, “She is brilliantly smart and insightful. She combines an active interest in behavioural science with a natural empathy for the desires and challenges that our audiences face. She has the ability to cut through complex problems with incisive answers, providing an exciting springboard for the creative work.”
Owen Lee, chief creative officer, said: “Guy and Ben are a creative powerhouse – smashing new briefs, and bringing energy and positivity to the whole agency. With the addition of super talented heavy hitters like Kris and Jono and fresh, young talent in Andrea and Lucia we have real strength and breadth in the department. “
Frazer Gibney, Chief Executive Officer, said: “It’s wonderful to make significant promotions from within the organisation to reward the commitment, passion and impact Emily, Ben and Guy have had on the culture and work of the agency, and indeed the network.”