By The Chicago Egotist / /
DDB, Chicago is bringing in Jon Flannery as EVP/Executive Creative Director to oversee its Capital One client. He will report to John Maxham, Chief Creative Officer of DDB Chicago. He joins from FCB Chicago.
“I needed a creative leader who could rise to a difficult challenge: take one of the most successful businesses in the world and figure out how to make it even more successful. It’s a great problem to have, but it’s also a tough one. Jon has a relentless drive for excellence that will raise the bar on the work. He’s the perfect addition to the momentum we’ve got going at DDB Chicago,” said Maxham.
At FCB Chicago he oversaw the work for top brands including Michelob Ultra, Fiat Chrysler, and Smucker’s Pet Food Brands (Milk Bone, Meow Mix, Nature’s Recipe), leading the development of integrated ideas for high-profile events like the Super Bowl. He also was instrumental in landing numerous new business wins and leading the creative for brands such as Jimmy John’s, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Blue Bunny Ice Cream, and Chamberlain.
“For me, the opportunity to do famous work for a famous brand like Capital One, at an agency that lives and breathes the belief that creativity is the most powerful force in business, was irresistible. I couldn’t say no, so I said yes. It’s why I got into this business in the first place,” Flannery said.
Prior to FCB Chicago, Flannery led both the creative and production departments at FCB’s Toronto office for two years.
Over the course of his career, Flannery’s work has been recognized and awarded at every major advertising show and festival around the world. His awards include thirty Cannes Lions, multiple One Show and D&AD Pencils, gold and silver Clio Awards, and three Gold and one Grand Effie. He has served as a jury member at multiple shows, most recently as a Clio film judge and as a juror for Strategy magazine’s Strategy Awards.