Barkley, one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the U.S., has named Jason Elm executive creative director. Elm will be responsible for the final product of every creative asset of the agency as well as the overall leadership of Barkley’s creative team. He will work directly with Chief Idea Officer Tim Galles.
“We are building Barkley into one of the most sought-after creative companies in the world,” said Jeff King, CEO, Barkley. “Doing that means that we need the most talented people in our industry to make their homes in Kansas City and at Barkley. Jason is proof that what we have built at Barkley is working.”
Elm’s prior experience includes creative leadership roles at DDB California and Deutsch LA, where Elm spent 15 years and played a large role in the agency growth. At Deutsch LA, he spearheaded noteworthy accounts and creative campaigns such as Sony PlayStation and its “Kevin Butler” campaign, Diamond Foods, Expedia.com and TGIFridays. He has won international awards and has been named among the “Creatives Most Lusted After by Rival Agencies” by Business Insider. Elm will assume his new post at Barkley on April 13, 2015.