Canvas Worldwide Appoints Paul Woolmington as Chief Executive Officer

Woolmington, an Advertising and Marketing Pioneer and Serial Entrepreneur, to Helm New Media and Communications Agency Network

Jan 07, 2016, 08:07 ET from Canvas Worldwide

NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Canvas Worldwide, a joint venture between Horizon Media and global creative powerhouse INNOCEAN Worldwide, announced today that is has appointed Paul Woolmington as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 18, 2016. Woolmington will work out of both the Los Angeles and New York offices.  

"I have known Paul for many years and have tremendous respect for his leadership," said Bill Koenigsberg. "Paul has launched two successful media and communications companies and has disrupted and redefined traditional communication and media models in the process. He is a skilled inventor and entrepreneur, and a proven advertising innovation pioneer with a global perspective. We have a white canvas to invent, create, grow and transform the industry in the process, and I look forward to Paul creating a masterpiece with Canvas Worldwide."

"We sought a chief executive with a shared commitment to creativity and invention, and Paul is a proven leader and one of the most strategic minds in the industry," said Ahn, Kun-Hee, Global Chief Executive Officer of INNOCEAN Worldwide. "I respect his success and I am excited for Paul to build Canvas Worldwide into a leading media agency."

Prior to joining Canvas Worldwide, Woolmington worked as an advisor, advocate and consultant devoted to a portfolio of client, media, agency advisory, consultancy and board directorship roles for top brands and is an active angel investor.

Prior to his advisory role, Paul Woolmington founded and launched two successful independent media and communications companies, The Media Kitchen and Naked Communications Americas. Most recently, Paul co-founded and led Naked Communications Americas; a preeminent, objective media communications and management consultancy -- the first of its kind. Paul worked at Naked to push clients to embrace the changing environment around them and to think about traditional media communications and marketing differently. The agency received several accolades, and Paul was personally recognized as one of the Top 10 most creative people in Marketing Services by Fast Company magazine. According to Fast Company, "The Media Maestro successfully disrupted the U.S. marketing scene with his agency's approach to media agnosticism."

Prior to Naked and The Media Kitchen, Paul was one of the architects of media specialization in America as a leader of the launch and subsequent global roll out of Young & Rubican's media operations, and The Media Edge (now MEC). Previously, Woolmington worked at global holding companies including IPG and WPP, and at MDC Partners.

"It's a remarkable time of change for media and communications, and we have a true opportunity to envision a modern perspective on what clients need today," said Paul Woolmington, Chief Executive Officer at Canvas Worldwide. "Change is disruptive, and I'm excited to partner with Bill and INNOCEAN Worldwide to build Canvas Worldwide and pioneer new approaches while the industry is in flux and full of opportunity."

Canvas Worldwide combines Horizon's industry-leading media agency expertise with INNOCEAN Worldwide's creative footprint. Canvas Worldwide has two main offices in Los Angeles and New York, and regional offices in Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. Woolmington's first role will be stewarding the agency's first clients, Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America, as the business officially transitions to Canvas Worldwide this month.

About Canvas Worldwide

Canvas Worldwide ( is a media agency network that approaches every client challenge as a blank white canvas to create custom solutions for brands who are willing to make their own bold strokes. Newly launched in 2015, the agency has offices in Los Angeles and New York, and regional offices in Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. Canvas Worldwide's clients include Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America, with estimated billings of over $1 billion.

The company's mission is to always be surprising, original and inspiring by shunning the status quo and being fearlessly creative. Every time. Everyone who works at Canvas Worldwide is empowered to quickly bring exciting new possibilities to life.

The new media agency network is a joint venture between Horizon Media, the largest and fastest growing privately held media services agency in the world, and global creative powerhouse INNOCEAN Worldwide. The joint venture was created to embrace the rapid pace of change in the industry in the belief that future viability means reimagining what's possible.

Canvas Worldwide is now hiring:

Canvas Worldwide
Kaya Lobaczewski
(212) 220-2102

SOURCE Canvas Worldwide