Samira Ansari Joins FCB as Executive Creative Director
Will Lead New AB InBev Assignments for New York Office
FCB today announced that Samira Ansari has joined FCB as an executive creative director based in its New York office.
Ansari will serve as the creative lead on the agency’s recently won Mike’s Hard global assignment, focusing on brand positioning and creative. She will also spearhead new creative for Michelob ULTRA – continuing FCB’s platform work for the brand during Super Bowl LIV (with a spot featuring Jimmy Fallon in his Big Game debut) – and will be the creative lead on the agency’s AB InBev Beyond Beer portfolio, covering brands including BON VIV, Cutwater, Social Club, Kombrewcha and Rita’s.
“Samira approaches problems from a business-first perspective, which is something we at FCB believe makes for the most successful creative work,” said Gabriel Schmitt, FCB New York Co-CCO. “On top of that, Samira is a great human being with a unique cultural background, and I know she will bring a new energy – as well as incredible talent – to our team in New York.”
Schmitt added that he believes Ansari’s nimbleness and wealth of experience make her particularly well-suited to represent FCB’s Beyond Beer portfolio, as she is “skilled at handling the pace and dynamism” of global brands like AB InBev.
With more than 20 years of industry experience across three continents, Ansari joins FCB from Johannes Leonardo, where she oversaw Mass Mutual and Gap as Group Creative Director. Ansari has also held creative roles at agencies including Grey Group, Leo Burnett New York, TBWA\Chiat\Day, J. Walter Thompson and Saatchi & Saatchi Paris.
Some of Ansari’s career highlights include taking Pringles to the Super Bowl for the first time ever, re-launching the Ariel/Dash/Tide brand throughout Europe and creating a brutally honest, award-winning campaign for U by Kotex that revamped the female sanitary product market.
“What an incredible time to join FCB New York,” said Ansari. “From its brilliant, forward-thinking leaders, to its out-of-the-box, business-driving creative ideas, the agency is on an unstoppable streak. I look forward to collaborating with the team and continuing to push the boundaries even further as to what’s possible for our clients.”
Ansari’s appointment continues to fuel FCB’s exciting momentum in 2020, as the network was named a “Best Place to Work” by Ad Age and announced its Mike’s Hard and Ameriprise wins. FCB also elevated Schmitt to Co-Chief Creative Officer and took home the #1 Most Awarded Campaign in the World on WARC’s Creative 100 for Burger King’s “The Whopper Detour.”
FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding) is a global, award-winning and fully integrated marketing communications company with a heritage of creativity and success dating from 1873. Named Cannes Lions 2019 North American Creative Agency of the Year and a 2019 Ad Age A-List global top 10, FCB focuses on creating “Never Finished” campaign ideas that have the power to transform brands, businesses and communities. With more than 8,000 people in 109 operations in 80 countries, the company is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG). Visit fcb.com or follow @FCBglobal on Instagram and Twitter and FCB Global on Facebook.