Big Dog creative chief Cordell Burke is to leave the agency at the end of the month after eight years in the role to explore new opportunities in the industry.
A highly respected figure, he first joined the Mission Group business in 2010 to lead the creative department when it was Balloon Dog. It was merged with Big Communications three years ago to form Big Dog.
Burke was then appointed creative managing partner at the combined agency, working alongside chief creative officer Dylan Bogg – the former CEO of Big – across offices in London, Leicester, Norwich, and Birmingham. The agencies clients in Aviva, Barclays, Pret, Vax and Mazda.
Prior to that Burke was executive creative director at Tequila London and spent over 12 years at OgilvyOne where he became a management partner and ECD, leading more than 60 on and offline creatives. He also held the title of group creative partner at Ogilvy Group UK.
Over the years, Burke has been heavily involved in mentoring young talent and attracting students into the sector through a number of initiatives – including the DMA’s Breakthrough Award – in his role as joint chairman of the Graeme Robertson Trust (GRT).
His awards include Cannes Lions, DMAs, Echos, Creative Circle and US Caples and has been a regular judge at these events.
On LinkedIn, Burke said: “After eight years, it’s time to leave to do something else. Having been in the business a long time, I’m lucky enough to get asked to do other things which I’m growing more and more interested in such as mentoring, working with Unis/colleges and working directly with other companies which I need to explore.
“I leave behind a terrific team who it’s been a pleasure to work with and I’m very proud of the work produced and awards won over the years.”
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