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Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv

Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv


The legendary Chermayeff & Geismar firm adds a new name on the front door this month. Sagi Haviv, who has been with the firm for ten years, joins the masthead, the first such addition in 56 years. Haviv is a native of Israel and a graduate of Cooper Union; he is credited with several high-profile identity programs including the Library of Congress, Armani Exchange, Harvard University Press, MacArthur Foundation, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and more. Haviv currently teaches corporate identity at SVA. Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar began their partnership in 1957 with Robert Brownjohn; their logos have included Chase Bank, Mobil Oil, NBC and National Geographic. GDUSA readers recently ranked the firm as the second most influential design firm of the past 50 years.

AIGA Awards Gala

AIGA Awards Gala

New York NY

“Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards Gala,” which took place earlier this Spring, was a lively night of cocktails and conversation. The celebration honored eight designers with the AIGA Medal: Tobias Frere-Jones and Jonathan Hoefler, Lucille Tenazas, Stefan Sagmeister, Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel (pictured left), John Bielenberg and Wolfgang Weinhart. Base Design and Pentagram helped make the night memorable through branding, décor and event planning; Barbour Design was responsible for the Keynote design; and American Printing Co., Sandy Alexander and Mohawk Fine Papers contributed to developing the event invitation and program. The AIGA Medal is awarded to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements, services or other contributions to the field of design and visual communication. All the Medalists are profiled on the AIGA website.

Wally Krantz

Wally Krantz

Worldwide Creative Director, Corporate Branding
The Brand Union, New York NY

The Brand Union, a WPP-owned brand strategy and design consultancy, promotes Wally Krantz to Worldwide Creative Director, Corporate Branding. Krantz’s responsibilities span TBU’s 23-office network. During his six-year tenure, Krantz has played a leading role in the development of brand identities and visual identity systems for several of the agency’s largest, most recognizable client brands, including Bank of America, Time Warner Cable, Vodafone, Brand USA, Shazam, SNR Denton, and Lahey Health System. Krantz began his career as a branding and identity designer at Landor Associates (both in San Francisco and New York) and later had a stint at FutureBrand. He developed and teaches a graduate course in typography and typographic history at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

David Coates

David Coates


Kelliher Samets Volk extends partnership to Executive Creative Director David Coates. In his new role, Coates works with founding partners Linda Kelliher and Yoram Samets to chart the company’s direction. In addition to overseeing creative efforts, he will continue in his overall leadership role with the company. Coates, who joined KSV in 2010, got his start as a writer with Dallas-based The Richards Group. More recently, he served as VP and Executive Creative Director at Slingshot, where he led integrated creative efforts for brands like Jack Daniels, Greyhound Lines, and Dave & Busters. KSV is a marketing communications group with over 30 years of experience; the firm employs 40+ people at its offices in New York, Boston, and Burlington VT.

Marcus Hewitt

Marcus Hewitt

Chief Creative Officer, PRoduct Ventures, FAIRFIELD CT

Former Dragon Rouge CCO Marcus Hewitt is the new Chief Creative Officer at Product Ventures, a brand strategy and design consultancy specializing in product and packaging innovation. It includes Procter & Gamble, Nestlé and Merck among its clients. This new senior position is part of CEO Peter Clarke’s plan to bring onboard talented, respected and inspiring design professionals. Hewitt’s task is to unify Product Ventures’ industrial design and branding to deliver holistic solutions. Prior to Dragon Rouge, Hewitt was CCO and Managing Partner of Sterling Brands. Born and raised in the UK, he started his career at Pentagram in London and helped to establish the Michael Peters Group.

Monik Sanghvi

Monik Sanghvi

Chief Strategy Officer, Organic, NEW YORK

Monik Sanghvi, who got his start as a Director at Organic over a decade ago, rejoins the agency as Chief Strategy Officer, on the heels of two other significant executive hires in November: Chief Creative Officer David Bryant, most recently Creative Strategist at Google, and Chief Talent Officer Mark Murata, a Digitas alumnus. Sanghvi, a veteran digital strategist, reunites with Organic and its new CEO, having worked with Shulman at Digitas, helping to build Digitas’ Detroit office into a thriving agency of 200+ people. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Sanghvi’s career has included roles at McKinsey & Co., Digitas, and WPP’sTeam Detroit. He has extensive experience with automotive clients including Ford and GM.

Preston A. Herrin

Preston A. Herrin


4over welcomes VP of Sales and Marketing, Preston A. Herrin, to the team. The company, an industry leader in print order fulfillment for print brokers and industry professionals, is undergoing exciting changes, and Herrin is spearheading the process. From early on, he has been recognized as an effective strategic leader. With a BS in Marketing Management from Bob Jones University, he spent more than 20 years with Standard Register Company, where he was awarded 2000 Manager of the Year across the entire Strategic Accounts organization. More recently, as VP of Business Development at CafePress, Herrin led sales consolidation efforts following the acquisition of EZPrints. He states: “4over has a reputation of deploying technologies that simplify the complex print supply chain. It’s one of the company’s most unique attributes and I am confident that while working alongside this first-rate team, we can create a company that is unstoppable.”

alaina goetz

alaina goetz


Alaina Goetz has come on board collaborative design studio Bonfire Labs as Creative Director. An interactive and stereoscopic expert, Goetz draws on her VFX, design and commercial background to help lead Bonfire’s design team. She comes to Bonfire after completing an assortment of freelance projects, recently finishing work on a piece integrating 2D and 3D elements for artist Marco Brambilla and playing an integral role in creating content for Zynga’s massive “Unleashed” media event. Previously, she helped establish Radium as an effects provider and built the first CG department at Cutters, a Chicago editorial boutique. While at Hybride, Goetz worked on feature films Shark Boy and Lava Girl and Sin City. She earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Erik Herter And Andreina Carrillo

Erik Herter And Andreina Carrillo


Poulin + Morris has promoted two to key creative positions: Erik Herter is now an Associate of the firm and Andreina Carrillo has been named a Senior Designer. Herter joined Poulin + Morris Inc. in 2007 as a staff designer and was promoted to Senior Designer in 2011. As an Associate, he is directing the development of environmental graphics, donor recognition and wayfinding sign programs, exhibition design, branding, digital media print media and publication design for, among others, ABC News, Dubai Waterfront Canal District, Free Library of Philadelphia, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, National Museum of African American History and Culture, New York University, NPR, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, Smithsonian Institution, and many more. He holds a BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Carrillo is responsible for project design, management, and coordination. She is working on projects for Barnard College, Fordham Law School, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Smithsonian Institution, and many more. Carrillo graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA.


Debra Malinics is celebrating 35 years as head of the strategic communications firm that bears her name. Debra Malinics Advertising began as a design firm and expanded to a full-service agency in the 1980s. Recipient of over 300 awards, the company was selected as one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women Owned Businesses, and has regularly been listed among the top advertising agencies, social media and media services agencies by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Malinics, herself, has won numerous professional awards and has been recognized as a “Woman of Distinction” and a “Woman of Accomplishment.”

Entertainment advertising agency The Ant Farm ‒ known for creating campaigns for properties such as Call of Duty, Transformers, The Bourne Identity, Men In Black, and Assassins Creed ‒ appoints Doug Brandt as CEO/ Creative Director. With 15 years of experience, Brandt has been making award-winning theatrical advertising, collaborating with major studios and top filmmakers. Over the course of his career, he has worn many hats from creative directing motion graphics to running his own sound design and music company.

Monique Hanis has joined the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) as Vice President of Marketing and Communications & COO to enhance SFI brand recognition through the promotion of its sustainable forestry and responsible sourcing programs. “As we work toward greater adoption and recognition of the SFI program, Monique’s extensive branding, strategic marketing and media relations experience brings valuable vision and leadership to our team, says SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow. Hanis was previously Director of Communications for the Solar Energy Industries Association, and she has held key roles at America’s Community Bankers, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and Independent Community Bankers Association.

Franke+Fiorella expands its interactive design capabilities with the hire of Charlie Ross as Design Director. He brings more than 14 years of award-winning print and interactive design expertise, including logo, brand, print collateral and publication design, and web/mobile touch and interface design. He has worked for 11Below, Carmichael Lynch and Duffy & Partners in the Twin Cities area.

Chaney Kimball has been promoted from interactive designer to senior digital director at Greteman Group. Kimball's degree in graphic design and deep web experience give him a unique perspective on interactive design and usability. His specialty: displaying information in the easiest, most user-friendly way, while developing designs that strengthen brands across multiple platforms. Kimball joined the Greteman Group in 2007.

thinkdm2 of Edgewater NJ adds PJ Molski to the design team. Molski is responsible for providing web and print design services on several platforms. Projects include websites/microsites/landing pages, banner ads, branding components, PowerPoints, and various printed pieces. Molski will also continue to research and develop new and current trends. He began his design career at The College of New Jersey, graduating in 2009 with a BA in Graphic Design. He worked at OwnerIQ in Boston and freelanced for thinkdm2 from February 2012 until he was hired full time.

Kevin Lukens joins the MeringCarson advertising agency, Sacramento CA, as a Senior Art Director. Previously, Lukens was an Art Director with Sid Lee in Montreal and he also spent five years with Vitro in San Diego as a Senior Art Director working on the agency’s ASICS, Newcastle Brown Ale, Cobra Golf, PF Chang and Kyocera Wireless accounts. He began his career with O'Leary and Partners in Newport Beach CA. MeringCarson has offices in northern and southern California; clients include Visit California, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, California Raisins, and CA Speedway.