Nationally-Recognized Creative Director Brings Expertise to Cincinnati
CINCINNATI – December 12, 2019 — Curiosity is proud to announce the latest addition to their growing team. Creative Director Katie Gerdes is joining the agency by way of VMLY&R Chicago and McCann New York. Gerdes’ hire comes at a time when the agency is experiencing significant 2019 growth.
Most recently, Gerdes worked at VMLY&R Chicago, where she managed client teams for Heinz, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Velveeta and Walgreens. During her tenure, she helped secure two Gold Clio Awards for Heinz, in the Social Platform and Real-Time Response categories. She also brought home a Drum Award (Best Use of Twitter), a Shorty Award (Food and Beverage) and a Project Isaac Award (Most Innovative Creative Advertising) for introducing Heinz Mayochup, recognized as the most effective product launch in company history.
"With our growth and quality of the work we are producing, we've been able to attract some impressive global talent, and Katie shot right to the front of the list,” said Jeff Warman, Chief Creative Officer. “She was a perfect match for our culture and our vision to take the agency to the next level. Katie's work has impacted the growth of notable brands similar to our client roster, and I'm confident she'll bring bold ideas and leadership to our Curiosity product."
Prior to working at VMLY&R, Gerdes spent two years at McCann New York, supporting clients including Microsoft, Coca-Cola and Feeding America. She also spent three years at Doner in Detroit, working on Autotrader, AutoZone, Chrysler and Del Taco. She is a graduate of DePaul University and Chicago Portfolio School. Gerdes is originally from the Cincinnati area.
“Cincinnati is an epicenter for creativity, and I’m proud to be part of the female leadership impacting our advertising community,” said Gerdes. “Curiosity is one of the fastest-growing agencies in the midwest and the team is changing the narrative for their clients in courageous new ways. It’s an exciting time to come home.”
Curiosity is an independent creative solutions agency featuring integrated offerings in strategy, creative, media, and analytics--all driven by curiosity. We believe Curiosity is the key to unlocking the right solutions. As one of Inc. 5000’s fastest-growing companies, Curiosity helps brands engage audiences across traditional, digital, social, direct and experiential channels Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, the branding capital of the world and home to more Fortune 500 companies per capita than anywhere else in the country.