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Grupo Gallegos

June 16, 2016 14:18 ET

Grupo Gallegos Announces New Executive Leadership

Independent Creative Agency Taps Dave Damman as Chief Creative Officer & Co-President; Elevates Andrew Delbridge to Co-President

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA--(Marketwired - June 16, 2016) - Grupo Gallegos Founder & CEO John Gallegos today announced two new posts that will enable the agency to more effectively fulfill its mission to be the most creatively driven, culturally attuned agency in the U.S.

Beginning July 18, Dave Damman, currently Interim Global Executive Creative Director for Commonwealth IPG overseeing the Chevrolet business, will become the agency's new Chief Creative Officer & Co-President.

Effective immediately, Andrew Delbridge, currently Chief Strategy & Engagement Officer for Grupo Gallegos, adds the title of Co-President, partnering with Damman to shape and run the agency's growth and operations, as well as its creative output.

Gallegos remains in his role, continuing to lead and set forth the vision for the agency.

"Grupo Gallegos' new face of leadership is proof that our vision resonates with the top talent in our industry," said Gallegos. "The U.S. consumer landscape is changing; we now live in a 'polycultural' world, and what's most important is having the right balance of sensibility and capability to help our clients grow their businesses. Dave and Andrew's proven track record in both the creative and strategy sides of the business will help us be fearless and focused as our client relationships and assignments continue to evolve."

A highly-awarded creative with a portfolio of breakthrough work for brands like Subaru, Lee Jeans, Timberland, BMW, Holiday Inn, United Airlines and Pepsi, Damman has held several agency leadership roles throughout his 20-year career. Prior to his stint at Commonwealth, Damman served as Chief Creative Officer & Managing Partner at Carmichael Lynch, at the helm of the agency's double-digit growth over a five-year period. While at Carmichael Lynch, Damman also launched the widely-successful Carmichael Collective, the agency's incubator that encourages employees to create for creativity's sake. He has also held various roles within Fallon and Saatchi&Saatchi.

"The independent, entrepreneurial spirit of Grupo Gallegos, and the holistic vision that John and his team all share for the future of advertising made accepting this position a no-brainer for me," said Damman. "I am energized to co-lead an agency that focuses on creatively driven work for brands."

Delbridge, an Australian native, joined Grupo Gallegos in 2012 as Chief Strategy & Engagement Officer, overseeing the planning and engagement departments. Under his leadership, Delbridge realigned Grupo Gallegos' work to align with client needs. He ramped up the agency's digital capabilities, which led to the agency recently being named digital and social agency of record (AOR) for Hass Avocado Board. Before Grupo Gallegos, Delbridge was Chief Strategy Officer at McKinney where he built the agency's strategic offering from the ground up. He has served in various senior strategy roles around the globe in his more than 20-year career, including at Publicis, Mojo, and BBDO Clemenger.

"This is an exciting era for Grupo Gallegos as we evolve the agency to reflect how the U.S. consumer marketplace looks," said Delbridge. "I am looking forward to continuing to work with John, and now Dave, to ensure we are constantly solving clients' problems through brilliant creative with strategic underpinnings."

About Grupo Gallegos
Founded in 2001 by CEO John Gallegos, Grupo Gallegos is a creatively-driven culturally attuned agency dedicated to providing clients with strategic marketing solutions that push the boundaries creatively and propel business growth. Known for being the most culturally astute agency in U.S., Grupo Gallegos counts on Comcast, California Milk Processor Board (Got Milk?), Alzheimer's Association, Hass Avocado Board, TurboTax, KIA and Foster Farms as clients, to name a few. Recognized for its inventive work, Grupo Gallegos has received several honors, including being named as one of Advertising Age's Agencies to Watch in 2015 and Multicultural Agency of the Year in 2007. The agency was also previously awarded Adweek's Hispanic Agency of the Year in 2006. For more information, please visit grupogallegos.com.

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