Creative Dynamo Jon Flannery to Steer FCB Toronto
Veteran Network Leader Promoted to Chief Creative Officer
After years of creating hits for a myriad of marquee brands in FCB Chicago’s portfolio, Jon Flannery has been promoted to chief creative officer of FCB Toronto.
The longtime executive creative director in Chicago who was an architect of recent viral sensations for Kmart replaces Robin Heisey, who has left the agency. Flannery will take the reins of Toronto’s creative department August 11, 2014 and work in tandem with FCB Canada President Paul Mead.
“Being part of a global network gives us access to some outstanding talent,” said Mead. “We are thrilled to have someone of Jon’s stature join our Toronto agency. Jon’s leadership and creative talent will be a real asset as we move forward.”
The FCB alum created memorable and talked-about campaigns at Leo Burnett and Element 79 in Chicago before returning to FCB (formerly known as Draftfcb) in early 2009 as SVP, creative director. He was promoted to EVP/executive creative director in January of 2013. Kmart, Dow, Cox and NHL are among the brands for which Flannery has generated consumer and press attention. Brown-Forman and Del Monte are also in his purview, as is The Shelter Pet Project, a pro bono account NBC anchor Natalie Morales has championed.
Flannery said shaping and building Chicago’s 120-member creative department has been a career highlight to date and he’s ready for the challenges that lie ahead in Toronto. “The work will be at the center of everything we do in Toronto,” he said. “That drives the culture and impacts the way clients and industry brethren view an agency. It’s paramount to success.”
During his 20-year career in Chicago, Flannery has served as SVP, creative director at Leo Burnett, where he worked on Dean Witter, Kellogg’s and Philip Morris International. Following that, he spent six years at Element 79, where he led highly successful and award-winning work for Gatorade.
Dan Fietsam, the driving force behind memorable campaigns for brands like Wrigley, Pepsico, T-Mobile, Jim Beam and Anheuser-Busch, is replacing Flannery in Chicago. He joins the agency July 14 and reports to Chief Creative Officer Todd Tilford.
In Toronto, Flannery will oversee the creative and production departments and will be working with iconic brands such as Ontario Lottery and Gaming, Sun Life, Mondelez, Nestle, Ontario Tourism, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and Purolator.
“Moving up the ranks and becoming a marketplace leader is my main objective,” said Flannery. “Opportunities abound.”
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