The Escape Pod names Heather Hayden Director of Talent

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#talentdirectorThe
Escape Pod
, an independent advertising agency in Chicago, today
announced that it has named Heather Hayden Director of Talent. Formerly
Senior Creative Recruiter at Havas Worldwide Chicago, Heather will be
responsible for recruiting and retaining top talent and building upon
the agency’s unique culture during a time of significant growth.
Heather’s appointment follows The Escape Pod’s recent acquisition of
digital experience studio ORA
, which grew the agency’s headcount by 30 percent and
bolstered its full-service capabilities.

“When we founded The Escape Pod nearly ten years ago, our vision was
simple: to create a small, nimble agency focused on delivering powerful
creative ideas to help clients sell more products,” said Norm Bilow,
Managing Director, The Escape Pod. “At the core we will always be driven
by our passion for game-changing work versus just chasing growth or
scale. But now we’re at an inflection point where we are ready to take
things to the next level. Heather understands our culture and brings
incredible experience scouting coveted talent in the industry and
building teams to support the best creative output for our clients,”
Bilow added.

“Chicago is a crowded agency landscape with very few independent options
for talent looking to create great work and make a direct impact on
clients’ businesses without all the politics of a bigger shop. From
their energy and entrepreneurial spirit to their fearless approach to
creativity, The Escape Pod is a rare breed of agency and I’m thrilled to
join the team in this next phase of their evolution,” said Heather
Hayden, Director of Talent, The Escape Pod.

Heather is an industry veteran with extensive experience on both the
agency and production sides. She has held Account Management roles at
Element 79, FCB Chicago, J. Walter Thompson Worldwide, and Flair
Communications, as well as serving as Midwest production company
representative for LA-based Hum Music, Chicago-based MK Films and
NYC-based The Wilderness.

About The Escape Pod

Founded in 2006, The
Escape Pod
is an independent, Chicago-based creative powerhouse
known for category-changing work that drives results for clients such as
Southeastern Grocers (Winn-Dixie, BI-LO & Harvey’s), Mondelēz, EGO
Power+ and Toys”R”Us. The Escape Pod is purpose-built for businesses
with aggressive growth goals based on its speed, creative firepower
and core belief in amplifying brands to drive action. The Escape Pod
services include research, strategic planning, creative development,
production, social media, media planning and buying, and a digital
studio creating apps, websites and connected devices. Learn more at
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Celia Jones
Brand Director
The Escape Pod

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