Award-winning international production company Papaya Films has announced the addition of Mariusz Urbańczyk as the company’s first chief
operating officer. Mariusz is an ad industry veteran who brings a proven track record of international business growth, most recently with Hogarth, where he first established the company’s presence in Latin America and later served as managing director for North America.
Mariusz began his global advertising career in his native Poland at Leo Burnett, later relocating to the UK for global account director roles at both JWT London and McCann Worldgroup, and then joining Hogarth in 2010. At Hogarth he served as general manager for Brazil and Argentina, where he was responsible for scaling up the company’s operations in Latin America, successfully building lasting client relationships in the region and attracting key talent.
Following his achievements in Latin America, Mariusz was invited to serve as managing director for Hogarth North America, where he managed eight offices and over 400 staff across the U.S. and Canada, and achieved 20% business growth in just his first year in the role.
“Mariusz is truly a rare find, as a proven agency leader across three continents, with an entrepreneurial spirit and a deep understanding of industry trends across the international advertising landscape,” shared Kacper Sawicki, founder and CEO of Papaya Films. “We’re so excited to bring his talents and expertise back to Poland, where he will help chart the course as Papaya continues to expand into new markets.”
“I’m thrilled to be stepping into this new role within Papaya and to help the team strategically strengthen its offices and continue its international growth trajectory,” added Mariusz. “Production is truly a global endeavour these days, and Papaya is highly regarded by agencies and brands alike as a company that delivers. I believe Papaya is well-positioned for continued success.”