December 11, 2015
Project Appoints Jennifer Comiteau As Its First Corporate Communications Head
Project, the independent, employee-owned agency group, has appointed Jennifer Comiteau as executive director of corporate communications, a new role at the company. She starts today.
Comiteau joins the group from FCB, where she spearheaded North American communications for the Interpublic-owned global ad agency. For much of her career she was a journalist, starting with newspapers in Northern Virginia before joining Adweek in 1994 where she served in a number of roles over 17 years.
Project has more than 1,900 employees in 44 offices around the world. Agencies in the group include George P. Johnson, Argonaut, Partners + Napier, Motive, Spinifex Group, School, Shoptology, G7 Entertainment Marketing, Raumtechnik, Pitch, and Junior, which span the experiential, creative, digital, social, mobile, and retail sectors.
Comiteau will report to Brian Martin, SVP, marketing communications. “Our agencies are enjoying tremendous growth, continuing to attract top-tier talent, and adding high-growth clients,” said Martin. “As we amp up for 2016, the time is right to bring in someone with Jennifer’s skills and relationships to help shape the way we tell our story to further ignite our position in the marketplace.”
A number of Project’s agencies have added work from well-known brands this year. Argonaut, for example, won the global creative AOR account for insurer MetLife as well as the AOR for Hershey brand Brookside chocolate. It also won project work from Anheuser-Busch and additional business from AT&T’s Cricket Wireless and FitBit.
George P. Johnson added Tesla and work from Procter & Gamble as well as several other projects. Motive added more work from client Pepsi and won The Macallan scotch brand, while Shoptology was awarded business from WalMart.
Up to now, Project has been using outside PR help to generate coverage for each of its agencies, Martin said. “Some of our larger agencies already have people in-house who are responsible for corporate communications. Jen’s initial mandate is to take that approach to the next level. Her focus will be to amp up awareness and understanding of Project as well as the individual agencies in the network.”
The company has launched four new agencies in three years, the latest being Junior, which opened its doors in August and attracted well-regarded talent from AKQA, Razorfish and Adaptive Path to help get it going.