Kurt Fries New McGarryBowen Chicago CCO

Kurt Fries New McGarryBowen Chicago CCO

Kurt Fries is the new chief creative officer of McGarryBowen Chicago, following a creative shake-up at the agency.

Fries is being promoted from executive creative director to chief creative officer. He joined as group creative director in 2012 and has led creative on their largest accounts, Disney Destinations (Parks, Resorts, Cruise Line and multicultural communications). He was also involved in the successful pitches of Clorox brands Brita and Kingsford as well as the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

“Kurt’s passion and leadership is extraordinary, rallying our people and clients alike,” McGarry's U.S. Chief Creative Officer Ned Crowley said. “I have complete confidence that Kurt’s best days are ahead, and expect that he will continue to inspire great work that is highly effective for our clients.”

“The Chicago office has enjoyed tremendous growth over the past several years, and I am fortunate to be part of such a successful team,” Fries said. “We have a deep bench of creative talent of which I am tremendously proud to work side-by-side. Together, we are going to continue push the boundaries of creativity to drive brands.”