U.S. Chief Creative Officer
Faced with the challenge of opening a mcgarrybowen office in Chicago, we started as always with a big organizing idea (hire exceptional people) and then tailored it to the specific market (hire exceptional Chicagoans). The approach paid off in spades when Ned Crowley left his influential post at Leo Burnett to join us, establishing us off the bat as a viable player in a competitive Chicago market, while also making us feel welcome in sweet home Chicago.
Ned Crowley is a one-man walking ad agency. Formally educated in business, with history as an illustrator, writer, and performer, Ned was a natural fit for the world of advertising. With a career spanning 20-plus years, he has risen to be recognized as one of Chicago’s top creative talents with an unsurpassed reputation for big ideas, humorous storytelling, and hard-earned results. Highly awarded and Emmy-nominated, Ned has touched every industry over the past two decades, while at the same time adding a few children’s books and feature films to his credit. He began as CCO for our Chicago operation. And what began as two-guys-in-a-room in 2007, has now flourished into over 200 employees in a fully integrated, digitally savvy, idea-centric shop in the heart of Chicago.
In 2015, Ned was elevated to the title of U.S. CCO and now oversees all creative duties for New York, Chicago, San Antonio, and San Francisco.