NEW YORK, Aug. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today ADCOLOR, the premier organization celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries, announce that Mark D'Arcy, Keesha Jean-Baptiste and Stephan J. Kim will be joining the board of directors. The announcement comes ahead of the organization's 10th annual ADCOLOR Awards in Boca Raton this September.
Mark D'Arcy joins the board as the Chief Creative Officer of the Facebook Creative Shop, bringing two decades of writing and advertising experience. As Chief Creative Officer, Mark leads a team of creative strategists in 18 cities around the world tasked with creating and building ideas that transform how the world's largest and most innovative marketers use Facebook to drive business growth.
"I'm truly honored to join the board of ADCOLOR. It is an organization with a vital mission that could not be more critical for our industry and the businesses and communities we serve," said Mark, "I look forward to joining Tiffany R. Warren and the rest of the board in advancing ADCOLOR'S work as we enter our second decade."
Additionally, Keesha Jean-Baptiste joins, bringing a leader in talent management to the organization. Keesha is Director of Human Resources for the independent advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy's flagship office in Portland, Oregon. Keesha has a history of hiring, developing and sustaining top performing talent and leadership teams, and spearheading change to better support business effectiveness, all the while maintaining a strong company culture.
"ADCOLOR has given this industry a platform to challenge the discourse on differences, to celebrate the success of people of difference who may go unnoticed and to push us all to get more responsible as a result," said Keesha. "It is an honor to be on a board with change agents committed to making a lasting impact in this industry."
As Vice President of Global Accounts at AOL Stephan J. Kim, leads the company's efforts to partner with the world's largest marketers. Previously, Stephan was at Microsoft Corporation for twelve years, most recently as Vice President of Global Marketing for Microsoft Advertising where he drove worldwide trade and consumer marketing.
"In my entire working life, ADCOLOR stands out as the organization that has brought the biggest benefit to my career and personal development," said Stephan. "It is an honor to join the board given the skills, friendships and confidence that ADCOLOR has generated for me and many others in its first decade. Here's to the next ten years of impact and growth!"
"As we prepare to celebrate ADCOLOR's 10 year launch anniversary, it is critical to acknowledge the growth and evolution of the organization as an important industry entity," said ADCOLOR Board Chairman, Marc Stephenson Strachan of DIAGEO NA . "The quality and commitment of our Board of Directors is a reflection of that growth and ADCOLOR's preparation for the challenges of the future."
In addition to Marc, ADCOLOR's board also consists of Secretary & Counsel Eric Cleary of Omnicom Group and Treasurer Constance Cannon Frazier of American Advertising Federation.
The newest trio joins existing Directors Karl Carter of Snake Nation, Felicia Geiger, Gina Grillo of The Advertising Club of New York, Nicole M. Hall of BBDO New York, Doug Melville of TBWA\ Worldwide, Marcus Jimenez of StickyDocs, Michele Thornton of BET Networks/Centric TV, Tiffany R. Warren of Omnicom Group and Mark Zangrilli of Edelman.
The board also consists of Neisha Tweed Bell of Facebook and Cavel Khan of Twitter who both serve as ADCOLOR Advisory Board Co-Chairs, as well as Karla Gray Mayers of BBDO New York, who serves as ADCOLOR Advisory Board Governance Chair.
ADCOLOR® is a not-for-profit 501(c) (6) organization whose mission is to celebrate and champion diversity in the creative industries. Our process is twofold. First, we help individuals and organizations RISE UP, letting their accomplishments and ideas shine. Then we teach these new leaders and would-be-mentors how to REACH BACK and find others who deserve to be noticed and promoted. Our goal is to create a community of diverse professionals who are here to support and uplift one another. www.adcolor.org