Big Dog – the agency formed from the merger of Balloon Dog and Big Communications – has made a series of new hires in its creative department following a successful quarter of new client projects and wins.
Michael Howes joins as creative director, following an extensive period freelancing at the agency. Drawing on his experience working on agency accounts including Smirnoff, Stella Artois, Sky and SAP, he will be responsible for the day to day running of the department, leading a team of 30 on and offline creatives.
Reporting into creative managing partner Cordell Burke (pictured), his remit is to improve the quality of work across a client portfolio which includes the likes of Aviva, Barclays, Pret and Mazda.
Howe is joined by senior copywriter Catherine Wells, who arrives from MRM Meteorite, and senior art director Emma Bristow, who joins from integrated agency Live & Breathe. The pair are being reunited as a team, having previously worked together at spread betting provider IG.
Other significant recent new hires include designers Myles Hunt and Andy Copland, copywriters Robert Perry and Deborah Clavis, senior creative artworker Andrew Reynolds, and art director Tom Street.
Cordell Burke said: “Over the past few months, we’ve seen an increased volume of work and opportunities from our clients. This has enabled us to hire some exciting creative talent to take our offering to the next level. Each recruit is a welcome addition to the agency and we’re already reaping the benefits of their presence – I’m thrilled to have them on board.”
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