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Bio


BEN JAMES

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Bio


BEN JAMES

 

Ben James is Chief Creative Officer at JWT/NY.

While at JWT, Ben has also served in the roles of Managing Director of Creative Innovation and Executive Creative Director.

He is a member of the Facebook Creative Council, Google Assembly and WPP’s Google Swarm. He is also co-architect of JWT’s Jump/Start program, an initiative created with the task of reimagining the way our industry looks at internships, talent, diversity and inclusion.

Before JWT, Ben was an agent and creative director in the marketing department at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles.

He began his career at Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Miami and later worked at TDA Advertising and Design in Boulder, Y&R Chicago, and Goodby Silverstein in San Francisco. 

He has a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and a Change Management Certification from the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. He interned at The Richards Group in Dallas and was an Art Director at D Magazine.

Ben was set on the path to advertising in high school. A last-minute switch from School Newspaper Editor to School Newspaper Advertising Editor changed the course of his life.

His work has been recognized by The One Show, One Show Entertainment, Communication Arts, the Andys, D&AD, the Webbys, the Cannes International Advertising Festival, the Clios, the Jay Chiat Awards, Adweek Project Isaacs, Time Magazine’s Best Invention List, the MTV Video Music Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, Dubai Lynx, Campaign Middle East and others. 

He finds comfort in writing things down - brain mapping. You might think he’s not listening when he’s doing this. He is. And then somewhere in all that sketchbook stuff, is all the thoughts he’s thinking. Mostly. At some point, people look over and go: "whoa, what is your brain doing?" He's not sure. But he would like to know. 

He is currently writing about himself in the third person.

And he finds that odd. 

bencal78@gmail.com

 
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His Nephews


These kids are his nephews.

His Nephews


These kids are his nephews.

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That One Time


Sees things. Feels things.

That One Time


Sees things. Feels things.