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January 20, 2015 | Chicago
DDB Chicago, part of Omnicom Group, today announced David Banta has been
named SVP, Group Creative Director, effective immediately. In his new position, Banta
will be responsible for a multidimensional creative team, handling messaging across
integrated platforms on the agency’s Capital One account. Banta will report to John
Maxham, Chief Creative Officer of DDB Chicago.
“We’re so psyched to welcome David to the DDB Chicago team,” said Maxham. “The
diversity of his creative portfolio impressed me the most. I didn’t look for typical
financial service experience because frankly, Cap One is anything but a typical
financial services brand. Despite their success, they maintain the spirit of a
challenger brand. Dave is exactly the kind of gutsy creative that can channel that
Banta served as EVP and ECD at Hill Holliday in Boston for seven years, where he led
creative on Liberty Mutual Insurance, Merrell Footwear, Capella University and
Cadillac. Prior to Hill Holliday, he was a Creative Director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky
in Boulder, CO, where he worked on Volkswagen, Burger King, Miller Lite, Shimano
and Giro. Before that, he was a VP and Group Creative Director at Doner in Detroit
and oversaw creative on Six Flags, PNC Bank and Canadian Tire.
Banta commented, “I’m delighted to work at an agency with such a creative legacy
and Capital One has been doing some of the most visible work on the planet. The
team in place at DDB is very strong. I can’t wait to contribute to their success.”
A multi-award-winning creative with more than 20 years’ advertising experience,
Banta’s work has been recognized by The One Show, The Clios, ADDYs, Hatch
Awards, SF Awards and Communication Arts.
DDB Worldwide ( is one of the world's largest and most influential advertising and marketing
networks. At the prestigious 2014 Cannes International Festival of Creativity, DDB took home 87 Lions as
well as Agency of the Year and Regional Network of the Year honors for adam&eveDDB and DDB EMEA,
respectively. In addition, DDB has been named Agency of the Year numerous times by the industry's
leading advertising publications and awards shows. The Gunn Report has listed DDB as one of the Top 3
Global Networks for 12 of the last 15 years. The agency's clients include Volkswagen, McDonald's, Unilever,
Mars, Johnson & Johnson, and Exxon Mobil, among others.
Founded in 1949, DDB is part of the Omnicom Group (NYSE) and consists of more than 200 offices in over
90 countries, with its flagship office in New York, NY.
Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE – OMC) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company.
Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning

and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other
specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.
Christie Giera
Director of Corporate Communications, DDB Worldwide
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