CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The 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 Interactive, 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 www.theescapepod.com. View our digital work at: https://orainteractive.com/.