Executive Creative Director
CASE STUDY

Executive Creative Director

Find out how DNA supported a leading Creative Agency in securing an innovative, collaborative and experienced Executive Creative Director. 

Integrated Creative Agency

Sourcing an Executive Creative Director for an Integrated Creative Agency

Collaborating with CEO and Founder Ali Wallace the team worked to determine the ideal candidate's qualities. Creative direction and design background were mandatory, along with big-picture thinking, tech-savviness, integration, and collaboration skills. The candidate should also be innovative and effective in linking brands and consumers. Familiarity with legal restrictions on advertising in the UK and Europe was crucial due to the nature of the role.


Following the compilation of a detailed brief outlining the necessary skills, we agreed that tapping into our extensive candidate network was the best approach for finding the right fit. At DNA, we work closely as a team, sharing knowledge and fostering strong sector connections, ensuring a unique talent pool. 


A candidate within our network stood out, possessing knowledge of the client's brand and fitting the creative direction requirements. After two interviews, he clearly excelled. In just three weeks since the initial commission, we presented this candidate to our pleased client. They were impressed by our selection and our swift, professional response to challenges. 


Our support didn't end at  the appointment, we remain in contact with both candidate and client through onboarding and beyond. 

Our client needed an Executive Director to join their integrated creative agency due to internal restructuring. The role required high creativity to lead the organization and ensure innovative, effective work.

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Our process

Explore DNA process which helped to secure an Executive Creative Director for a leading Creative Agency.

DNA team worked with the client to understand the role what part an internal restructuring of the organisation plays in this hiring process. This vacancy involved a high level of creativity in order to direct the organisation, ensuring the production of innovative and effective work.  

he DNA team worked together to outline qualities of the candidate that best suited the position.

After working with the client it was clear that experience and a background in creative direction and design was a mandatory requirement. We prepared a plan to find a candidate with big picture thinking, a mind for technology, integration and collaboration.They also needed to be innovative and effective in order to connect brands and consumers. 

The DNA team supported the client at every step of the hiring process, providing real-time feedback to ensure recruitment for this position was as smooth as possible. 

"After an extensive search within our candidates' pool, one candidate from our network stood out and demonstrated the requisite expertise in creative direction to match our client's needs.

We remain in contact with both candidate and client to support them through onboarding and beyond. 


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The outcome

Specialised Recruitment

DNA adeptly fulfilled the intricate Executive Director role by identifying a candidate who embodies creativity, leadership, and legal understanding, tailored to industry nuances.

End-to-End Partnership

Beyond recruitment, DNA's ongoing involvement ensured a smooth transition for the newly appointed Executive Director, reflecting our dedication to long-term success.

Swift Excellence

DNA's effective and meticulous approach yielded a remarkable Executive Director candidate within three weeks, showcasing our expertise and commitment to client satisfaction.

Strategic Hire

A collaborative effort led by Ali Wallace identified an ideal Executive Director candidate with creative direction skills, innovation, and legal awareness, aligning perfectly with the agency's requirements.

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We’ve been collaborating with DNA for as long as I can remember! Ali and his team take a vested interest in our agency, are proactive around our ambitions, and understand our culture.

James Simpkins

2Heads Global CGO

6 / 6

Ali worked diligently and tirelessly with me at the start of what became Made in Amsterdam. His combination of advice, consultancy and recruitment knowledge helped us start the business and find partners to drive growth and establish a new home.

He’s a hybrid across recruitment and, in our case, M&A advice. Nearly 3 years in, everything is going well.

Chris Friend

Managing Partner at Made in Amsterdam

1 / 6
I am pleased to endorse DNA Recruit, led by the dynamic Ali Wallace. Many years ago, he connected Richard and I, which led to us deciding to set up Initials, so we have much to thank him for. Beyond that our partnership with them at Initials CX has been pivotal in making key hires that have significantly contributed to our growth. DNA Recruit's tenacity and foresight in introducing us to candidates, sometimes even before we recognise the need, is remarkable. The talent they've helped us acquire has fit in seamlessly and flourished, enhancing our agency's capabilities. DNA Recruit stands out as a valuable collaborator in our journey to success in a rapidly evolving industry. 

Jamie Matthews

CEO, Initials CX

2 / 6

We have worked with Ali and DNA for the last 2 years where they have helped us fill 4 new positions at DMP. As a fast evolving and growing business it’s important that we have someone we can trust to help us find essential hires as quickly as possible whilst allowing myself and my business partners to focus on running the business.

Edward Lloyd-Davies

Partner / Director

3 / 6
In the world of advertising, you’re only as good as the people around you. Having led creative departments for some of London’s leading agencies throughout my career, Ali Wallace is the epitome of this, and on many fronts. He has helped me find talent to make me look great for well over 15 years and introduced me to Trouble Maker, which he knew would be my dream home. All this has been made possible by Ali getting to know how I tick as a human being and creative leader, by building both a great friendship and trusted ear – he has been an amazing counsel both in business and in life, helping me navigate my way through my career and beyond. Whether you’re looking to hire, be hired, or fancy some thoroughly enjoyable company at the Oval or for someone to find your ball(s) on the golf course, I couldn’t recommend Ali more highly.

Andy Taylor

Chief Creative Officer, Trouble Maker

4 / 6
Ali and his team at DNA took great care and support throughout the entire process. A great head hunter with both a strategic and human connection with businesses and their talents. Lots of fun as well!

Danila Luppino

Creative Director

5 / 6
We’ve been collaborating with DNA for as long as I can remember! Ali and his team take a vested interest in our agency, are proactive around our ambitions, and understand our culture.

James Simpkins

2Heads Global CGO

6 / 6

Ali worked diligently and tirelessly with me at the start of what became Made in Amsterdam. His combination of advice, consultancy and recruitment knowledge helped us start the business and find partners to drive growth and establish a new home.

He’s a hybrid across recruitment and, in our case, M&A advice. Nearly 3 years in, everything is going well.

Chris Friend

Managing Partner at Made in Amsterdam

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