The World: Los Angeles - Blessington joins W&K as its managing director

Tom Blessington has been appointed to the new position of managing director of Wieden & Kennedy's Portland office.

Reporting to Dave Luhr (pictured), W&K's chief operating officer, he will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the business, leaving Luhr to concentrate on global issues.

Blessington joins from TBWA\Chiat\Day, where he held the same position, as well as running the Nissan and Infiniti accounts. He worked at W&K for 12 years before moving to TBWA in 2002.

Blessington said: "My goal is to manage the agency for growth and to foster a creative environment that will develop innovative ways for current and future clients to build their business."