SS&K Appoints 3 Managing Directors


By The Chicago Egotist / /

SS+K, the flagship agency of M&C Saatchi New York has appointed a leadership team to run the advertising agency’s day-to-day operations.  Elisa Silva, Kevin Skobac and John Swartz have been promoted to Managing Directors, reporting to Rob Shepardson, co-founder of SS+K and co-chair of M&C Saatchi New York.  SS+K is an advertising agency that brings the pace of political strategy to creative work with cultural relevancy.

S+K’s team of Managing Directors explore new, less traditional ways to build bespoke teams that are sometimes much leaner, include hybrid talent and or lean into strengths that may sit outside of job descriptions. A recent success of this model is the agency’s Tourism Australia win.   SS+K, M&C Saatchi New York’s flagship agency joined forces with creative boutique Technology, Humans And Taste (THAT) to win US business late last year.   

“Elisa, Kevin and John live, breathe and shape SS+K’s culture while bringing their expertise to bear on our business, client and strategic issues,” said Shepardson, co-founder of SS+K and co-chair of M&C Saatchi NY.  “They know how best to marshal the agency’s resources to get to the most effective solutions for our clients.”

As Managing Director, Clients + Culture at SS+K, agency veteran Elisa Silva oversees the agency’s brand roster and account management team, as well as ensuring SS+K remains an inclusive, collaborative, integrated place to work.  Elisa joined SS+K 3 years ago from Barton F. Graf, where she was a group account director.  She spent her career at agencies including Wieden + Kennedy’s in-house experiment, WK12, 72andSunny, J. Walter Thompson and Translation. 

Kevin Skobac Managing Director, Strategy Group, joined SS+K in 2010 and has worked on the critical youth marketing efforts for Obama 2012 and clients including HBO,, Microsoft, Amazon, EveryTown, Samsung and Wells Fargo.   He was named a rising star by Digiday in 2015.  Prior to SS+K, Kevin was at DraftFCB.

John Swartz, Managing Director, Production + Operations has spent over 8 years at SS+K, delivering the wide variety of work required by the agency’s diverse client base, including Obama 2012, HBO,, JW Marriott, Samsung, Wells Fargo and others.  Prior to SS+K, he worked at Saatchi & Saatchi and Draftfcb.

Kevin and John are cofounders of the agency’s in-house incubator, SS+K Labs, which explores nascent mediums, platforms, and technologies. 



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