Agency Republic, the joint venture between Agency.com and Claydon Heeley Jones Mason, is hiring Ken Muir as its creative director.
Muir is joining Agency Republic from FCBi, the new-media arm of Banks Hoggins O'Shea/FCB, where he was the creative director. Agency Republic, which is equally owned by the two Omnicom agencies, will offer both online and offline solutions to clients.
Muir has extensive experience in direct marketing and online media. Before moving to FCBi last year he launched FCBi in Chicago, then became a director at FCB's San Francisco office. He joined FCB in 1998 from Wunderman Cato Johnson, where he was the associate creative director.
Muir's arrival strengthens Agency Republic's management team. Its launch team was Scott Gustlin, the former managing director of Agency. com in London and now its vice-president of European operations, and Martin Brooks, the joint managing director of Claydon Heeley Jones Mason.
Agency Republic, which is already working on projects for undisclosed clients, is currently based at Claydon Heeley's London offices where it has taken over a floor of the building.
Agency Republic is Claydon Heeley's second joint venture in the past two years. In 1999 it launched Jones Mason Barton Antenen with BMP DDB, but has since merged the agency with its main operation. Agency Republic was launched with 20 staff made up from both Agency.com and Claydon Heeley people.
Brooks said: 'Ken has produced a compelling selection of off- and online work. What was most important was his conceptual thinking. He clearly has copywriting skills, but we are trying to base our solutions around big ideas and across all media. Ken has this broad spectrum of experience.'