PRESIDENT, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL
SALT LAKE CITY UT
Amy Lukas, principal of Infinite Scale and a Society for Environmental Graphic Design board member since 2007, has been named the new SEGD Board President. Prior to starting Infinite Scale, a specialized graphic design studio integrating brand strategy with environmental and event design, Lukas was the design project manager in the award-winning Look of the Games department for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Her projects have included several Super Bowls as well as the NBA and NHL All-Star Games. At the same time, seven new board members were announced by the New York-headquartered association dedicated to communication design in the built environment. The new board members are: Patrick Angelel, CREO Industrial Arts; Sander Baumann, designworkplan; Moira Gemmill, Victoria & Albert Museum; Dan Moalli, Design and Production Inc; Julie Vogel, Kate Keating Associates; Leslie Wolke, Leslie Wolke Consulting; and Joe Zenas, Thinkwell Group. Of the current board, Jessica W. London, CEO of SEGD, says it is the most diverse in the organization’s history, spanning many design disciplines and geographical areas. In addition to Lukas, the Executive Committee now consists of Past President Wayne McCutcheon of Entro Communications; Treasurer Gary Stemler of archetype; Senior Vice President Jill Ayers of Design 360; and Vice President Ed Hofmann of Limited Brands.
CEO, LANDOR ASSOCIATES, SAN FRANCISCO CA
Mary Zalla is the first female CEO of Landor Associates, the venerable strategic brand consulting and design firms founded by Walter Landor back in 1941. Zalla was previously president of the firm, a role she was promoted into just last summer. She reports to Craig Branigan, CEO of the B to D Group within WPP. While president of the firm, Zalla has worked to develop a new vision, led a global strategic planning process, and continued to lead the Chicago and Cincinnati offices. She will continue to be based out of the Cincinnati office. Her responsibilities are expanding to oversee and build the entire business on a global scale, implement the vision, diversify offerings, and continue to grow key client relationships. Zalla joined Landor in 1998; during the five years she was managing director of the Midwest offices, they provided work for the likes of P&G, Evenflo, GE, Kraft, Motorola, and Nestle.
DESIGN DIRECTOR, DECKER DESIGN, NEW YORK NY
Lynda Decker announced that Michael Aron has joined New York's Decker Design as Design Director. Having collaborated together over the past year on select projects, the two decided to join their talent and experience. Aron’s arrival expands the company's creative resources and capacity to work on strategic design initiatives. He has an extensive interactive and communications portfolio, having created solutions for clients including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ameriprise Financial, ImClone, Boston Properties, and Milbank.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR, GRANT DESIGN COLLABORATIVE, CANTON GA
Grant Design Collaborative has promoted Matt DeFrain to Creative Director. Since joining the firm in 2000, he has provided strategic brand design support for an international roster of clients. “I can think of no other designer that I would have as Grant Design Collaborative’s Creative Director. Matt’s vision, talent and passion for great design are second to none… Matt has demonstrated the leadership and inventive spirit required to consistently provide enduring results through an integrated design approach, and our international client base will benefit from his appointment,” states Bill Grant, President and Chief Creative Officer of Grant Design Collaborative. Among other responsibilities, DeFrain directs and coordinates the firm’s creative team, led by Grant who will continue to oversee client business strategy and creative innovation. DeFrain’s work has been featured in the likes of AIGA 365, CA, Contract, GDUSA, How, Metropolis, and Interior Design. DeFrain received a graphic design degree from Western Michigan University.
SENIOR CREATIVE DIRECTOR, ANTHEM WORLDWIDE, NEW YORK NY
Anthem Worldwide appoints John-Paul Doyle to serve as Senior Creative Director for its New York office. Lor Gold, Global Chief Creative Officer for Schawk, said, “John-Paul brings extensive experience in all consumer brand experience touchpoints in categories ranging from personal care and beauty to prestige luxury brands in the alcohol/spirits space.” Doyle moves from Raison Pure, where, as Creative Director, he managed large strategic projects from concept to execution through to production. Doyle’s background includes experience with Diageo, Unilever, Kraft, Godiva, Burt’s Bees, Johnnie Walker, Dove, and Evian.