Golin Builds West Coast Creative With New Leadership

Golin London’s Charlie Coney to Lead Creative in U.S. Western Region

LOS ANGELES – AUG 14, 2017 – Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) agency Golin announced today that Executive Creative Director Charlie Coney will now oversee creative for Golin’s Western Region in the U.S. This is not a new hire for the agency but an important transfer for one of Golin’s creative leaders. Charlie will be based in L.A. and will work with teams in L.A. and San Francisco to build out their creative departments and deliver award-winning work for a blockbuster roster of clients. He reports directly to Caroline Dettman, Chief Creative and Community Officer, and will oversee all Creators on the West Coast.

After 10 years in the London office, Charlie has helped drive creative for brands such as Magnum, Johnny Walker, Dove, npower, Smirnoff, Cadbury, Sainsbury’s, Great Western Railway and many more. In more recent years, he has served as the Global Chair for Golin’s Creator Community: a diverse mix of creative talent, including writers, designers, web developers, copywriters, video editors, photographers and creative directors.

“Not only is Charlie a bright, creative mind; he’s also an incredibly important member of our Golin leadership team,” said Dettman. “This move is yet another proof point of our commitment to provide our best and brightest talent with new and exciting opportunities. Charlie has done amazing things for our London office. And now he has the opportunity to bolster our creative chops in a very important market for us.”

In addition to overseeing creative for current clients, Charlie will be heavily involved in new business opportunities on the west coast and will continue to be a part of bigger, global pitches.

“Charlie has a natural talent for building creative teams that drive business and has played a huge role in the development of our creative team and award-winning work over the past decade,” said Bibi Hilton, Managing Director, London. “We are excited to continue building on that creative success under the new leadership of Gemma and Alex with an increased focus on integrated work that delivers real change for clients.”

In London, creative will now be led by Executive Creative Directors Gemma Vardon and Alex Wood. They will expand the creative function over the coming months – bringing together the agency’s existing digital design, motion and production talent alongside new conceptual hires. Additionally, Golin’s acquisition of award-winning independent creative agency The Brooklyn Brothers in February of 2016 added more than 100 creative staff to its London operations.

“It’s been an amazing ten years working with the hugely talented team at Golin London,” said Coney. “If L.A. is even half as fun, award-winning and inspiring, I’ll be delighted. It’s a great time to make our West Coast region famous for inspiring work that delivers real change and I’m grateful to be part of it.”