Cole & Weber Ups Elliott to Partner, CD

SAN FRANCISCO Cole & Weber United has promoted Jim Elliott to partner and creative director, the agency said today.

Elliott started at Cole & Weber in Seattle in 1998 as a copywriter before advancing to associate creative director. He reports to Mike Doherty and Brad Harrington, co-presidents.

The agency is still looking to fill the role of executive creative director, held previously by Guy Seese, who joined Omnicom Group shop Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco [Adweek Online, Jan, 18].

Elliott is now overseeing a team of 12. Most of his additional responsibilities are in his new partnership, where he now has a voice in setting the direction of the agency creatively, as well as a leading role in new business development, the shop said.

Seese, who was at Cole & Weber for four years, left to be a creative director on Goodby’s Saturn and Motorola accounts.

Elliott’s work on the integrated campaign for Rainier Beer earned the agency a gold Clio in the hybrid category, as well as best-in-show gold at the national Andy Awards, a gold at the Art Director’s Club of New York and the Grand Prize at AICP’s Battle of the Brands.

He also worked on brands such as Nike, ACLU, Venge Wines, the Science Fiction Museum and Woodland Park Zoo.

Cole & Weber is a unit of WPP Group.