Palmer Takes Charge at ADC

Barbarian Group CEO named club’s next president

The Art Directors Club has elected Benjamin Palmer, CEO of digital agency The Barbarian Group, to a three-year term as its president, the nonprofit group announced Wednesday.

Palmer, a member of the ADC board since 2008, succeeds Doug Jaeger, currently co-proprietor of creative studio JaegerSloan and previously founder of the happycorp agency, which closed its doors in 2009. Jaeger, the club’s youngest president when elected in 2008, hoped to dust off the staid organization and increase its appeal to a younger crowd.

Palmer, apparently, is on the same page: “Doug laid the groundwork for reinvigorating ADC as a cultural hub with strong year-round programming,” he said in a statement. “I want the club to continue in that direction, with programming that appeals on both local and global levels and cool events in our great gallery space that connect people and provide real value to members.”

The ADC also added four new members to its board: Nicole Jacek, creative director of design shop karlssonwilker; Alessandra Lariu, co-founder of women’s mentoring group SheSays and former senior vice president, digital group creative director at McCann Ericksson; headhunter Dany Lennon of The Creative Register; and Robert Wong, executive creative director at Google Creative Labs.

The Barbarian Group, acquired by South Korean holding company Cheil in 2009, has created online campaigns for the likes of General Electric and Samsung, as well as last year’s redesign of

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