VP, Global Creative, at Walt Disney Parks Experiences and Consumer Products @ The Walt Disney Company
ECD EVP @ DDB
Creative Group Head @ Merkley + Partners
Istituto Europeo di Design
Named one of Business Insider’s 30 Most Creative Women in Advertising 2015 and celebrated as one of Advertising Working Mothers of the Year 2015 by AWNY and Working Mother Magazine. Jean was the female recipient of the 3 Cheers Award at 3% Conference 2015 NYC and will receive the Focus Award from Women In Film Chicago in
Named one of Business Insider’s 30 Most Creative Women in Advertising 2015 and celebrated as one of Advertising Working Mothers of the Year 2015 by AWNY and Working Mother Magazine. Jean was the female recipient of the 3 Cheers Award at 3% Conference 2015 NYC and will receive the Focus Award from Women In Film Chicago in January.
A native New Yorker, Jean is currently an Executive Creative Director EVP at DDB Chicago where she leads the charge on her recent new business wins Kohler and the American Cancer Society. With over 20 years of experience building brands, teams and talent at BBDO, M&C Saatchi, Merkley + Partners and Saatchi & Saatchi, Jean’s work has won numerous industry awards.
An advocate for changing the ratio of men to women in creative leadership roles, Jean proudly sits on the Better by Half Board, a gender balance initiative from DDB North America and is a member of the Art Director Club’s 50/50 initiative. Jean helped launch and currently leads LaunchPad, a creative internship program at DDB Chicago and is a strong believer in the power of young diverse talent as well as the importance of mentorship and sponsorship.
An art director by trade she has written for the Drum, Ad Age, Communication Arts and been a panelist and speaker at the New York Festival, Omniwomen, the 3% Conference, Lake FX SUMMIT + Expo and OMMA Chicago.
ECD EVP @ Creative lead on Kohler and American Cancer Society.
Always looking for new business and new talent.
Oversee LaunchPad - creative internship program at DDB Chicago.
Mentor throughout the DDB North America network. From January 2012 to Present (4 years) Creative Group Head @ AXA Equitable, Dave & Buster's, Arby's, Ruth's Chris, O'Charley's and the Ad Council
Pitched and won AXA with the 800lb Gorilla. Made sure he wasn't ignored in TV, print, online or by brokers. Our gorilla was the first to audio tweet in the US. Campaign raised brand awareness 30%.
Also pitched and won Dave & Busters and O'Charleys. TV campaign for Online Sexual Exploitation for the Ad Council won their coveted Gold Bell award. From 2006 to 2012 (6 years) Group Creative Director (SVP) @ Sierra Mist, Pepsi, AOL and HBO
Launched Sierra Mist and sales quickly surpassed other lemon limes including 7up placing it second only to Sprite. TV campaign won an Effie and a national Gold Addy. Spots ranked in the top 3 of USA Today's Superbowl Ad Meter. From 1998 to 2006 (8 years) Associate Creative Director @ British Airways, Packard Bell, Shady Brook Farms, Asprey and Qantas
Six of us opened New York office after the Saatchi Brothers opened their London headquarters. Produced Clio winning TV, print and outdoor campaign for British Airways. As well as epic Packard Bell spot celebrated by the AICP and won a permanent home in the Museum of Modern Art. From 1996 to 1998 (2 years) Senior Art Director @ Diet Pepsi and CampBell Soup
My first Diet Pepsi commercial was short listed at Cannes and honored in the Communications Art Advertising Annual. From 1994 to 1996 (2 years) Art Director @ British Airlines, Ivory Soap, Northwest Airlines, Malibu Rum
Print, print, print. What better way to learn? From 1989 to 1994 (5 years)
BFA, Advertising Design @ Fashion Institute of Technology From 1984 to 1988 graphic design @ Istituto Europeo di Design From 1987 to 1987 Jean Batthany is skilled in: Interactive Advertising, Creative Strategy, Art Direction, Creative Direction, Outdoor Advertising, Advertising, Social Media, Integrated Marketing, Brand Development, Digital Strategy, Television, Brand Management, Concept Development, Copywriting, Typography
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