As a bookend to the previous Guy Bommarito post, I am pleased and proud to spread the good news coming out of Austin, TX. Following a 5-month national search that included a handful of the top creative leaders in the industry, GSD&M Idea City found their man, Mike Wilson. I placed Wilson in one of his first jobs, moving him to Atlanta from NYC in the early-1990’s as a bantam copywriter. We’ve remained in touch over the years. There are many things to like about Mike — his demeanor and talent notwithstanding. But, what I like best about him is that we both share the same alma mater, Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, where Mike lettered on the varsity hockey team.
Here is a great article on Mike and the agency in this week’s Austin Business Journal: http://bit.ly/bD2MKx
And here’s the official release from the Idea City newsroom:
Prior to GSD&M, Wilson served as EVP/chief creative officer at Dentsu America where he handled brands including Toyota and Canon. Prior to that, Mike held creative leadership positions at Ogilvy & Mather/NY where he worked on Kodak, American Express Blue, DHL, Jaguar, WebMD, KFC International, Suave, Hershey’s and Duracell.
“Mike can help us make a great difference for our clients and our agency. He has the experience and approach to lead our creative efforts and build on our current focus and momentum,” said Duff Stewart, president and CEO of GSD&M Idea City. “Great work is the lifeblood of an agency and as we work to grow our clients’ businesses and compete in a changing environment, Mike will be a vital part of our creative vision for clients and for our agency.”
After a brief stint on Wall Street, Wilson dove into the advertising world. Over the course of his career, he has won dozens of awards for creativity and effectiveness including two Gold Effies for Kodak and a Silver Effie for DHL.
“Having worked on everything from big, international brands to small, targeted PSAs, Mike understands the changing dynamics of marketing and advertising and has a track record of bringing out the best in those he works with,” continued Stewart. “He’s a great fit with our agency. From the moment we met him, he felt like one of us.”
Wilson attended The University of Texas at Austin where he competed on the men’s national championship swim team. He transferred to Iona College where he completed a dual degree, earning a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in English.