McKinnis, whose 20+ years in advertising spans brand, promotions, direct, digital and social, most recently served as President & Chief Creative Officer for Splash Media Group. In his new role with The Integer Group, McKinnis will craft powerful and engaging stories on behalf of the agency’s clients through the storytelling creative approach he has honed throughout his career. Starting as a copywriter at Tracy Locke, Jim rose through the ranks to the position of Chief Creative Officer while working on accounts including Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Frito-Lay, Nokia, Hasbro and 7-Eleven. Jim also learned big data and directed the first North American creative network for Rapp Collins, eventually becoming the first creative to lead an office and landing major accounts like Charles Schwab, Neutrogena and AAA during his tenure.
Wakabayashi is a seasoned strategist with a solid track record of successful digital, database and social marketing strategies that synthesize consumer, stakeholder, technical and operational requirements for national and global brands. Most recently, Wakabayashi served as Director of Digital Strategy at Moroch Partners, where he led the digital and social strategy for McDonald’s across 5,000 restaurants in the U.S. He has also managed digital marketing for brands including Beck’s Beer, American Crew, Boston Market, Mary Kay and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT).
“We are thrilled to welcome both Jim and Dennis to our dynamic team,” said Ellen Cook, President of The Integer Group, Dallas. “Their impressive backgrounds and vast experience will bring immense value as we continue to grow here in Dallas and shape the continued growth of our agency overall.”
The Integer Group, Dallas is one of the agency’s seven U.S. and 20 international offices. The Integer Group, headquartered in Denver, Colorado with over 1,000 employees worldwide, is a key member of Omnicom Group Inc., a leading global marketing and corporate communications company, representing over 1,500 agencies and 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.
About The Integer Group®
The Integer Group® (www.integer.com) is one of the world’s largest promotional, retail, and shopper marketing agencies, and a key member of Omnicom Group Inc. Integer lives at the Intersection of Branding and Selling®, driving transaction and creating seamless brand experiences for shoppers. Integer works with a broad set of clients across several categories including retail, beverage, consumer packaged goods, telecommunications, home and shelter, automotive aftermarket, and power sports. Integer has approximately 1,200 employees across the globe, including locations in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. Join the conversation on shopping culture and brand strategy at www.shopperculture.com.
About Omnicom Group Inc.
Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) (www.omnicomgroup.com) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.