NEW YORK CITY, NY (August 16, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler announced today it has hired Joshua Hirsch as EVP, Chief Technology Officer to expand its deep bench strength and best-in-class offering. In this role, Hirsch will lead the New York-based shop’s technology and innovation practice, ensuring clients benefit from the most advanced programs, products and emerging technologies. He will report to Robin Koval, CEO of Publicis Kaplan Thaler.
Previously, Hirsch served as Partner & Minister of Technology at Big Spaceship, where he led the shop’s research and development team, building numerous award-winning digital projects. He has also held senior designer/development posts at Asymptote and Guggenheim.com.
“Today, technology informs the creative process as never before, and Joshua will help provide our clients with an unprecedented level of innovation,” said Robin Koval. “Joshua is a proven leader with a significant track record of developing impressive front-edge solutions, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him join us. We expect to do truly innovative and industry-leading work together – work that continues to lead the change for our clients.”
Susan Gianinno, Chairman & CEO, Publicis Worldwide in the USA, stated, “Digital continues to be at the center of everything we do for our clients across Publicis Worldwide in the USA. My goal is for each office in the USA network to continue to both cultivate, and accelerate, digital innovation under the guidance of superior digital talent and leadership. The teaming of Joshua, with the leaders we have in place in our largest Publicis office in the USA, will ensure that digital-thinking adds significant value to all the clients across this flagship operation.”
Named one of the ad industry’s top 10 technologists of 2011, Hirsch is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and a long-standing adviser on Adobe Software launches. He often shares his expertise at industry conferences, instructional workshops and awards panels throughout the world, including the One Show and Art Directors Club.
Hirsch is a graduate of Northwestern University.
About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Publicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.