SAN FRANCISCO (April 29, 2016) – Advertising agency ARGONAUT has hired Robert Riccardi, former managing partner at Goodby, Sliverstein & Partners, as chief executive officer. The move reunites him with agency founders Rick Condos, Hunter Hindman, and Max Heilbron, all of whom had worked extensively together over the last decade at GS&P running accounts including Doritos, Cheetos, Chevrolet, Cisco, and many others.
“Hunter and I are proud and humbled that a talent the caliber of Robert would be willing to join us in helping to lead ARGONAUT into the future,” said Condos. “He is not only the smartest guy we’ve ever worked with, he’s a great friend as well.”
Added Hindman:“There literally is no one on Earth that is more suited to this position, so thank goodness he said yes.”
During his tenure at GSP, Riccardi oversaw the growth of what has become one of the country’s most formidable and award-winning agencies, garnering Agency of the Year accolades three times (twice in Adweek, once in Ad Age), Digital Agency of the Year at Cannes, and Agency of the Decade in Adweek.
“I’ve been at GS&P for 23 years and it’s been brilliant. Now a new management team is emerging there that is fantastic and the work over the past year is as good as it has been in a long while. So, it felt like the right time to move on to something new,” said Riccardi. “I’m really excited to work with Rick, Hunter and the team at ARGONAUT. They are building a business and a culture that is exciting and new and I really look forward to being a part of it. Rick and Hunter have always been a rare breed of savvy creative leads who understand business as well as what is most current, inventive, and creative in our industry.”
ARGONAUT, which opened just three years ago, was named one of Ad Age’s Best Places to Work in 2014 and 2015, and one of Ad Age’s Agencies to Watch in 2016. “We’re 100 people strong, our business is growing by leaps and bounds, and we just moved into an incredibly inspiring and exciting new space,” said Hindman. “It’s time to take things to the next level and Robert is the perfect accelerant for us.”
ARGONAUT is an idea-led advertising agency based in San Francisco, California, founded in March 2013 by creative team Hunter Hindman and Rick Condos, and head strategist Max Heilbron. Named one of Ad Age’s Best Places to Work in 2014 and 2015, and one of Ad Age’s Agencies to Watch in 2016, ARGONAUT teams the best talent with the bravest clients in pursuit of work that both drives business results and leaves a dent in culture. ARGONAUT’s clients include Cricket Wireless, Fitbit, and MetLife. http://www.argonautinc.com/