Klick goes on creative director hiring spree thanks to new business

Klick Health recently added a bumper crop of creative hires, thanks to double-digit business boosts. The pharma and healthcare agency announced two new executive creative directors and five more creative directors at the Toronto-based company.

Chief Creative Officer Rich Levy said the additions were needed to handle new accounts as well as additional work assigned by existing clients. Including the creative leaders, more than 30 new Klick staffers have been hired in the past months since Levy was hired. He joined the agency in May after almost 10 years at FCB Health.

“It’s a lot of new business and organic growth. As you know, at the heart of Klick has been a digital production and digital powerhouse, but our clients are all coming to realize over the past few years we are much more," Levy said, noting the agency has gained more agency of record work.

While he declined to name clients, he did say Klick has added business in therapeutic areas that include migraine, ADHD, women’s and men’s health and oncology.

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Michael Bonilla joins as executive creative director from McCann Health in New York, while Jon Toews becomes executive creative director of the Katalyst team in Toronto. Toews comes to the agency from the consumer agency world, where he worked on brands including Citibank, Hyundai, McDonald’s and Rolex. Toews also worked on the Cannes award-winning United Nations “Sweeper” exhibit that created a virtual minefield for visitors at the New Museum in New York.

The creative director hires are Anthony Turow, who was promoted from within Klick; Joe Brady, who joins from DDB Health; Veronica Warman, who was previously at Invivo; Megan Ziobro, who was most recently at health agency minds+assembly; and Mark Scott, who was most recently freelancing.

Thanks to the business growth and new hires, the New York office has outgrown its space. Klick Health New York is finalizing a new space in the city for relocation in 2020, Levy said.

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Speaking about his first six months at the agency, Levy said he and the team have worked to optimize processes and made changes to allow for better creative production. They plan to continue to invest in people and projects they believe in and do pro bono work on things they’d like to see happen in the world.

“We’re getting ready to explode on the scene creatively in a way that we have not been before,” Levy said.