Matt Zavala
Group Creative Director
New York, NY
917-721-7683 |

Hello, I'm a Group Creative Director / Art Director based in New York City. I specialize in crafting programmatic brand experiences. Clients have included Mercedes-Benz, smart car USA, L'Oréal Paris, Jaguar, IBM, Motorola, Johnson & Johnson, Samsung, Schick, Google and the Unilever portfolio of brands.

Edelman New York
SVP, Group Creative Director - Creative Lead, Unilever U.S.
As Group Creative Director of the Brand Practice within Edelman, I lead all creative thinking and execution for our clients with a focus on the Unilever portfolio of brands. This includes Dove, Dove Men, Axe, Suave, and Vaseline. My role involves helping to build and cultivate the creative department across the agency, while selling through and executing earned creative ideas and campaigns. 

J. Walter Thompson New York
Creative Director
Apr 2014 – July 2015
As Creative Director at JWT, I worked on a diverse range of brands such as Google, Schick, Macy's and T. Rowe Price where I led digital activations and online campaigns for each client.

R/GA New York
Creative Director
May 2013 – Apr 2014
While at R/GA, I led the creative team on all aspects of the L'Oréal Paris account. Responsibilities included creative direction for the brand's digital campaigns, social channels, platform experience, as well as digital retail initiatives.

Razorfish New York
Associate Creative Director
Oct 2011 - May 2013                                                                                                                                               At Razorfish, I was a part of the creative leadership team for the Mercedes-Benz digital account. Projects entailed concepting and overseeing digital activations for the automotive brand. Along with this stewardship, tasked with exploring brand extensions for Mercedes-Benz through various digital mediums. 

Moved to be the lead creative (Art Direction) on the smart car account overseeing the brand within the campaigns, social and site platforms. This responsibility included leading a team of Art Directors and designers to execute and maintain the brand tone while exploring new digital paths for smartusa.

Digitas New York
Associate Creative Director
Jan 2010 – Oct 2011                                                                                                                                      Creative Lead on the Samsung Global and US Digital accounts, including campaigns and .com platforms.

Responsibilities included management of creative team members as well as execution and deliverables. These include video/film shoots and production, digital advertising, and social media platforms.

R/GA New York
Associate Creative Director
Oct 2007 – Jan 2010
Visual Creative direction lead on Johnson & Johnson and SC Johnson projects, including the Zyrtec, Acuvue, Splenda, Mars, Scrubbing Bubbles and Ziploc accounts.

FCB New York
Sr. Art Director
May 2005 – Oct 2007                                                                                                                                  Directed the redesign of the Motorola Global website, as well as led their eCommerce design experience. In addition, directed and designed online campaigns for the ONDCP account aimed toward the youth market.

Ogilvy & Mather New York
Art Director
May 2000 – May 2005                                                                                                                           Conceived and designed interactive campaigns for premier Ogilvy clients including: IBM, Cisco Systems, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Jaguar, and BP.

Executed creative redesign, transforming it from a focus on IBM advertising, to a hub for rich-media brand content. During 2004, it achieved a 40% increase in advertising traffic and 150% increase in user time spent on the site. Directed extensive video productions and photography shoots for IBM online documentaries.

Grey New York
Art Direction intern 
May 1999 – Aug 1999                                                                                                                                        New York Lottery account television and campaign work.
Western Kentucky University                                                                                                         Bowling Green, KY, USA
Aug 1996 – May 2000

Bachelor of Arts / Major Advertsing / Minor Graphic Design

Art Direction, Brand Strategy, Film, Broadcast Design & Motion Graphics, Creative Direction, Digital Video, Editing And Compositing, Integrated Social Media Platforms, Interaction Design, Large-scale Systematic Site Design; Campaign-based Site Design, Online Campaigns

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