DDB Taps Insiders To Lead Chicago Shop

Lewis Lazare keeps us up to date on who’s doing what on the 38th floor of Chicago’s “Big Stan,” a.k.a. the Aon Center.

Paul Tilley has prevailed. On Monday, DDB/Chicago announced Group Creative Director Tilley, 39, will assume the top creative post at the beleaguered agency with the title of managing director, creative. Tilley will become one of a new three-person management team that also includes James Lou, 37, as managing director, strategy, and Don Hoffman, 49, who becomes managing director, accounts.
Tilley is credited him with a strong track record of building client relationships, delivering more non-traditional creative and winning significant new business for the agency. Sources say Tilley, a 10-year veteran of the shop, is by no means a universally beloved figure within DDB’s creative department. He is, however, said to be an astute politician. Tilley on Monday said he expected no immediate creative staffing upheaval. But he said “one of my goals is to improve the quality of our creative.”



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.