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Red Bricks Media

January 11, 2010 09:38 ET

Scott Neslund Joins Red Bricks Media as CEO

Former Mindshare CEO Takes Reins of One of the Fastest-Growing Agencies in Country as Major Advertisers Turn to Independent Digital Shops for Thought Leadership; Marks Enhanced Significance of New York Office

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 11, 2010) - Scott Neslund, who has been CEO of WPP Group's Mindshare and President of Publicis Groupe/Starcom MediaVest Group's StarLink, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Red Bricks Media, one of the fastest-growing independent agencies in the country, with over 600% revenue growth from 2005 through 2009 based largely on its highly successful search marketing operations.

Mr. Neslund will split time between the company's San Francisco headquarters and its fast-growing New York office. He comes aboard the agency as both a significant equity holder and a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Neslund replaces Red Bricks Media's cofounder Elliott Easterling, who becomes Chairman of the Board.

"Scott is an experienced media and marketing leader with a substantial background in agency management having led media agencies in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia," says Mr. Easterling. "He has a proven track record in leading digital communications and growing revenue. We are very pleased to tap into Scott's media innovation and ability to successfully communicate a vision and manage people. He is exactly who I need to hand the baton off to in order to lead Red Bricks Media into its next great phase of success."

"As a next career step I was looking for opportunities purely in the digital space and an entrepreneurial environment that could capitalize on the change occurring in the industry right now. Red Bricks Media provides me with that opportunity and it will allow me to merge my media agency background with the cutting edge advances in today's digital marketing world," says Mr. Neslund. "There is an industry trend of major advertisers starting to turn to independent digital shops for thought leadership on their business. Red Bricks Media represents the kind of digital leadership advertisers are looking for in this constantly changing media environment where consumers are searching for what they want versus accepting the traditional ads that are being placed in front of them."

"Red Bricks Media is a great example of a digital agency that is taking its business to the next level by hiring a known leader who has helped build a Madison Avenue media agency. It is clear they intend to direct strategy beyond the digital marketing realm," says Sarah Fay, the former CEO of Carat NA. "I think this is a great move for both Scott and for Red Bricks."

From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Neslund was with WPP Group's Mindshare North America mostly recently as CEO (New York) since 2007, and before that, Managing Director Mindshare (Chicago). As CEO, he led all agency activities in the U.S. and Canada including five regional offices, 800 employees and approximately $10 billion in media billings. Mr. Neslund launched a reinvention program to transform the agency from a basic media buying and planning operation to a full service marketing partner for advertisers by establishing business planning, content development and consolidated implementation services. During this time Mr. Neslund integrated the agency's digital capabilities with its traditional media services and expanded Mindshare's search business. He restructured regional office leadership and WPP agency partnerships which led to $500 million in new business account wins and an increase in organic growth from current clients within 12 months.

When Mr. Neslund was Managing Director of Mindshare (Chicago) from 2005 to 2007, he turned around a business decline within 12 months by restructuring the office to better compete for new business, delivering diversified media services to clients and introducing a proprietary planning model to create more innovative and effective media plans.

As President of Publicis Groupe Starcom MediaVest Group's StarLink, (Chicago) from (2003 to 2005), Mr. Neslund re-launched the agency positioning and capabilities to better capitalize on the growing mid-size media marketplace which resulted in a doubling of agency revenues in two years. Earlier he served extensively overseas including as Senior Vice President, Managing Director for Starcom (Toronto) and before that Vice President, International Media Director for Leo Burnett (Tokyo) from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, he was AOR Media Director for Leo Burnett (Milan). Mr. Neslund began his career in the media department of Leo Burnett U.S.A., (Chicago) first as a Media Buyer/Planner and later as a Media Supervisor.

Mr. Neslund has been recognized as an industry leader in media innovation being named as a 2008 AdAge Media Maven; to 2008 Min Magazine's Most Intriguing People; and to the 2008 AdAge Agency A-List. He served on the 2009 Effie Grand Jury, the 2007 Cannes Media Jury, the 2008 Young Media Lions Juries and on the 4A's Media Policy Committee from 2007 through 2009. He holds an MBA with a double major Marketing and International Business from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and an undergraduate BA in Telecommunications and Marketing from Indiana University.

Red Bricks Media ( is a full-service global performance marketing agency specializing in search engine marketing, interactive media planning, email campaign management, award-winning creative services and emerging forms of media including buzz and social marketing. One of the fastest-growing agencies in the country, Red Bricks Media has worked with over 100 major brands including Academy of Art University, Scottrade, Hearst Corporation, Microsoft, THQ, Sunset Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. Headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in New York, and Hong Kong, the independent agency with more than seventy employees, was founded in 2004 by Elliott Easterling and Craig Hordlow. In 2009 Red Bricks Media earned the ranking of #354 on Inc. Magazine's annual Inc. 500 listing by achieving 698% revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. The agency also ranked #33 in the advertising and marketing category.

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