Klick Health has hired much-lauded advertising creative veteran Rich Levy, effective May 1, the firm announced.
Levy is joining Klick as chief creative officer (CCO), reporting to Glenn Zujew, EVP, creative and medical. He joins the agency after almost a decade as CCO at the FCB Health Network, and a long career in consumer advertising.
“When I met the leadership team at Klick, I really liked the entrepreneurial, hacker mentality,” Levy said in a phone interview. “I’ve tried to build my whole career around finding new ways to solve problems for clients, and the data science and creativity apparent at Klick will help me do that.”
Levy said he was very much attracted by Klick’s tech roots. Data, he said, helps bring another level of creativity to problem-solving. “Klick’s heritage in data science will help us take all this information and make the best solutions from it,” explained Levy.
Zujew painted Levy’s addition as part of the “continuing evolution” of Klick’s creative offering. “This feels like the best, and most natural, time to add someone with Rich’s skills. He can help take us to a whole new place. I’m excited to let the world see what the possibilities are,” he added.
Levy said one of the most appealing opportunities Klick presents to him is the ability to continue to merge technology and creativity. “When you walk into Klick, you don’t see the tech people on one side of the building and the creative people on the other,” he said. “They’re all together. It’s one big team.”
Levy’s list of palmares is almost as long as his career. Agencies Levy has supervised have won, among other accolades, “Healthcare Network of the Year,” “#1 Health & Wellness Agency 2018” and “Healthcare Agency of the Year 2017” at the Cannes Lions Festival; “Agency of the Year 2018” at The Clio Awards; and “Global and Regional Network of the Year” at London International Awards. Following numerous years in which campaigns led by FCB Health were well-represented at the MM&M Awards, Levy was also named to MM&M’s and PRWeek’s “Health Influencer 50” list in 2018.
Clearly Levy is keen to keep the successes coming. “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for me,” he said.
Before his work in healthcare, Levy wrote the “Can You Hear Me Now” campaign for Verizon Wireless, which is featured on the Advertising Walk of Fame. His work for Canon is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
Levy, who will be based in the agency’s New York City office, anticipates spending significant time at Klick’s Toronto HQ. When asked if there was any one client on the Klick roster that presented to him a particularly appealing creative opportunity, Levy demurred. “I can answer that in a few weeks,” he said.