MINNEAPOLIS—December 9, 2013—Minneapolis agency Yamamoto has announced several promotions and a hiring in key thought-leadership positions. The roster enhancements come as the agency looks to build on continued growth and award-winning creative work in several client categories.
Sarah Kingsley joins the agency as Director of Client Service. Ms. Kingsley has a proven track record of leading great teams and building iconic brands at some of the top agencies in Minneapolis and New York, including Carmichael Lynch, Martin Williams and Deutsch Inc. Most recently, Ms. Kingsley managed marketing for apparel and accessories at Target. “Sarah’s unique level of knowledge and her knack for leading people are an essential enhancement to our team. We’re thrilled to gain from her expertise and I know our clients will be as well,” reported Yamamoto CEO Kathy McCuskey.
Chris Rahill, Yamamoto’s Director of Insights and Innovation, will be joining the agency’s leadership team. He has been an invaluable member of the agency, leading efforts in new business, strategy and client management. “Chris has charged forward to meet every challenge facing our clients and our agency. His commitment and leadership are admired by everyone he works with, and we are excited to have him contribute his insights to the leadership group,” shared Ms. McCuskey.
Beth Pruett was promoted to Account Director. As an Account Supervisor for the agency, Ms. Pruett demonstrated strategic excellence in guiding several key clients through significant branding transitions. In her new role, Ms. Pruett will increase her impact on more brands and act as an ambassador for the agency. “Beth works smart, leads by doing and doesn’t expect anything she’s not willing to do herself. Our clients benefit from her tenacious commitment and encyclopedic marketing knowledge on a daily basis,” explained Ms. McCuskey.
Shawn Pals was promoted to Creative Director. During his tenure as Associate Creative Director, Mr. Pals’ creative vision yielded many award-winning campaigns for agency clients. “Our work will get even stronger with Shawn at the helm of some of our most important accounts. Clients admire his insights, and I think they’ll share my excitement as he helps elevate more of our creative product,” said Yamamoto Chief Creative Officer Darryl Kluskowski.