Bolton reunites with Burley to lead Y&R creative team
Y&R London chief creative officer Jonathan Burley has hired his longstanding creative partner Jim Bolton as deputy executive creative director as he looks to build a “renaissance” department.
Burley, who joined Y&R from CHI & Partners in June last year, has hired Bolton for the third time since the duo first worked together at HHCL in the mid-1990s.
Bolton formerly worked as Burley’s deputy executive creative director at CHI & Partners, joining a year after Burley’s arrival in 2010. Before CHI & Partners, Bolton had a five-year stint in the same role under Burley at Leo Burnett London.
While at HHCL, Bolton created the multi-award-winning “St George” Blackcurrant Tango TV campaign and has since worked on accounts including Mcdonald’s, Argos, Samsung and British Gas.
Y&R has also appointed two creative directors among 12 hires made in the past month: Mark Farinha, who worked in the same role at Omnicom content agency Drum; and Gavin Mcgrath, who returns to the UK after three years as a creative director at Mullenlowe in Los Angeles.
Burley said: “This is a huge investment in a multi-disciplined, renaissance creative department. I’m thrilled to be able to draw on such a diverse range of extraordinary talent, and couldn’t hope for a more wonderful gang of freaks and geeks to help us drive forward into a new era of creative excellence at Y&R London.”
Y&R London: Burley (right) has boosted his creative team with the hire of Bolton