MullenLowe LA’s Carlos Alija and Laura Sampedro Hire Superstar Talent from Apple, The Community, Wieden + Kennedy, and more


By thelaegotist / /

Since joining the MullenLowe Los Angeles from Anomaly NY nine months ago, Executive Creative Director team Carlos Alija and Laura Sampedro are making their mark on the creative talent at the agency.  Carlos and Laura have been steadily building a creative department of their own, reflecting their global view on creativity, recruiting all over the world to find the best talent to work on its growing portfolio of brands.

Over the past few months, they’ve added a dozen heavy hitting creatives with portfolios filled with work from brands and agencies including Apple, 72andsunny, TBWA\Chiat\Day, The Community, Wieden+Kennedy and more.

One of the key hires for the agency is Dave Estrada, who serves as creative director on the Corona Masterbrand account (which includes Corona Extra, Corona Premier and Corona Hard Seltzer). He recently joined the agency from Apple, an account he also worked on for three years at TBWA Media Arts Lab. During Dave’s creative career, he worked at storied agencies such as 72andsunny, TBWA\Chiat\Day and Goodby Silverstein + Partners.

The agency’s newest Associate Creative Directors Horacio Sormani and Bruno Franchino (aka Hora and Coky) joined MullenLowe LA from The Community Miami.  The duo became a creative team in Buenos Aires at FCB nearly 10 years ago. After winning a Titanium Lion for Salta Beer’s “Beer Tooth Implant” they made the move from Ogilvy & Mather Buenos Aires to BBH New York. They spent four years working for PlayStation and FanDuel before being recruited by The Community. 

The growing Corona social account led to the additions of Creative Hybrids Gabby Grubb and Mary Nowels (via TBWA\Chiat\Day), Art Director Isabella Bolivar and Lauren Torres, a copywriter who came from Ogilvy NY. The LA office also recruited Art Director Caleb Nyberg and Copywriter Peter Watson, who joined from David & Goliath.

The design group at the agency added senior talent: Fazel Sayeh (who joins from Wieden + Kennedy Portland), Rui Ma (formerly at Sid Lee and Google) and Sunny Li (previously at Google).

The latest group of creative talent was recruited by MullenLowe US. Executive Director of Creative Talent, Frannie Rhodes, who also landed MullenLowe LA’s first Head of Art, Creative Director, Fabio Brigido and Creative Director Chris Juhas, who joined from Chiat Day. MullenLowe LA appointed its first Director of Innovation, Chris Denson and first Cultural Strategy Director, Pilar McQuirter, who was named to the 2021 Adweek Creative 100 list this week.

MullenLowe LA has added more than 40 employees over the past year, in part due to the growth of the Constellation Brands business, including the expansion of its Corona Masterbrand duties, and brands including Two Lane Lager, High West Whiskey, and Constellation Wines (Prisoner Wine Company, Unshackled, Woodbridge and Double Diamond).


Top Left-Right: Rui Ma, Hora Sormani, Sunny Li, Peter Watson, Gabby Grubb, Dave Estrada

​Bottom Left-Right Fazel Sayeh, Mary Nowels, Caleb Nyberg, Isabella Bolivar, Bruno Franchino, Lauren Torres



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