Pitch, an agency part of Project Worldwide, today announced the appointment of Galen Graham as CCO, effective immediately. The award-winning executive hails from 72andSunny, where he was group creative director, and replaces executive creative director team Gage Clegg and Becca Morton who recently left Pitch for Google.
Graham’s hiring comes on the heels of Sara Bamossy and Marisstella Marinkovic being named co-CEOs. The duo replaced Rachel Spiegelman, who exited the Los Angeles shop to head up the brand studio at Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine.
“There were several reasons I was attracted to Pitch but nothing more important than the people,” Graham told Adweek, mentioning that he had “been looking for a new leadership opportunity” while at 72andSunny. “When I met Sara and Marisstella, I was drawn to their ambition and energized by our natural rapport and candid conversations.”
Graham added, “In the past, I’ve worked at great, successful agencies but always felt I joined after their ascension. In Sara and Marisstella, I have the partners to spark Pitch’s time to shine. And the entire team is ambitious. So, the talent is assembled, the appetite is there. Pitch is poised for greatness.”
Bamossy said in a statement that Graham’s “amazing reputation precedes him” and praised him for being “uniquely suited to mentor teams with his diversity and breadth of experience.”
Graham will lead creative across Pitch accounts including Burger King, Tim Horton’s, Westfield, Roche and Konami, among others. He said he’s especially “excited about the diversity of clients to partner with, from the humorous tone of Public Storage to the youthful DNA of Burger King, whimsical fashion of Westfield and alluring innovation of Roche.”
Graham has picked up Cannes Lions, Clios, Effies, One Show Pencils and an Emmy for the Bud Light “Swear Jar” commercial he helped create while at DDB Chicago. Most recently at 72andSunny, he oversaw the agency’s largest account: MillerCoors.
“Galen completes the executive team that will drive our client business,” Marinkovic added in a statement. “L.A. is a market that is rich in opportunity and talent, and we are poised to capture the best of both.”
Graham said his initial focus at Pitch will be to “nurture the internal culture, to clarify our team values and express them more openly in our interactions and work environment.” His strategy for conquering L.A. is a bit more ambitious: “to make LeBron feel welcome here by becoming best friends and riding bikes together.”