Rick Leininger and Michael Barclay Join Walton Isaacson in Senior Account Roles

Leininger to Lead MillerCoors and Barclay to Head Up Spalding

Jan 26, 2016, 11:00 ET from Walton Isaacson

CHICAGO, Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Rick Leininger and Michael Barclay have joined Walton Isaacson in senior account management roles, effective immediately.

Reporting to Walton Isaacson co-founder Cory Isaacson, both Barclay and Leininger will be based out of Walton Isaacson's Chicago office.

Commenting on the two executive team appointments, Isaacson said, "We have built a company and culture around great people who share a spirit of collaboration, tenacity, diverse thinking and optimism.  We are delighted to add Rick and Michael to our agency team and look forward to the leadership they will bring to their respective roles. Over the years, both Michael and Rick have earned trusted partner status with their clients and teams. We look forward to seeing them build that inspirational rapport here."

Leininger joins Walton Isaacson as VP of the MillerCoors business. Most recently director of business development at the Fusion agency, Leininger began his career on the brand side of the business at Grainger and Campbell Soup Co. He then moved to Anheuser Busch where he worked for 21 years in a range of marketing positions including as Senior Director, Bud Light Marketing, where he launched Bud Light Lime, the brand's first line extension, and oversaw the creation of 5 of the top 10 "favorite Super Bowl commercials" in 2007 as polled by USA Today. As Senior Director of Trade Marketing he also built and enhanced brand image by developing unique solutions for the on-premise trade channel for more than 200 beer brands with marketing budgets of up to $320 million per year.

Barclay joins Walton Isaacson as Senior Account Director leading the Spalding account. Previously, Barclay was Experiential Strategy Director at Commonground/MGS where he worked with brands such as MillerCoors, Bacardi USA, American Family Insurance and Verizon Wireless. An award-winning senior marketing executive with over 10 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies and top agencies, his well-planned and flawlessly executed campaigns for brands such as L'Oreal, Bombay Sapphire and MillerCoors have been recognized with numerous awards from the ADDYs, the Reggies, the ACE Awards and the Association of National Advertisers, among others.

About Walton Isaacson

Founded in 2005 by marketing innovators Aaron Walton, Cory Isaacson and partner Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Walton Isaacson (WI) provides strategic and creative solutions to some of the world's largest and most aggressive brand marketers. This innovative agency model marries award-winning, full-service advertising, digital and social capabilities across multiple disciplines, providing value and efficiency to partners. WI's marketing specializations include Sports, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Experiential and Branded Content, as well as cultural expertise across General Market, Black, Hispanic and LGBT consumer segments. WI is headquartered in Chicago and Los Angeles, with additional offices in New York, Miami and Tokyo, for more information on Walton Isaacson, please visit www.waltonisaacson.com.

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