The Many Introduces Our First-Ever Group Brand Directors - Anne Halvorson and John Line

Blake Marquis | May. 4 2021

The Many continues to grow and we’re excited to welcome Anne Halvorson and John Line as the agency’s first-ever Group Brand Directors. The appointments come after we reorganized our existing brand team structure following a year of growth. Anne will remain based in Minneapolis, MN as John remains in Seattle, WA – a testament to our ongoing efforts to develop a location-agnostic team in order to hire the best talent anywhere in the world.
Anne and John will oversee and managing teams servicing our great client partners, including eBay, Bumble Bee Seafoods, BioSteel, Lululemon, and Nestlé’s portfolio of subsidiary brands, among others. The two will ensure strategies, creative ideas, and media plans are not only breakthrough but also lead to positive business results for our clients.
The Many’s Todd Lombardo, Managing Director overseeing the Brand team, sums up the appointment of Anne and John by stating, “We’re always open to fresh perspectives that challenge both our comfort and our clients. Anne and John have those in spades, which is why we wanted them on our team to move the world forward.”
Anne joins the agency from Minnesota-based Peterson Milla Hooks (PMH) where she served as Group Account Director for the past eight years. Prior to PMH, she spent 15 years at Wieden+Kennedy including being part of the team to open the W+K Shanghai office.
“The Many consists of ambitious and great people who are excited to be creating amazing work,” said Anne Halvorson. “The energy is contagious. There’s crazy momentum and justified pride here that will play a role in building something incredible together. As a plus, I get to remain working in Minneapolis!”
John joins The Many from Seattle-based Copacino Fujikado where he was a senior account director leading brand strategy and integrated campaigns for clients across healthcare, finance, and travel industries. Prior to Copacino Fujikado, he served as a group account director at VMLY&R.
“After meeting the entire team, I was genuinely impressed with everyone and resonated with the agency’s values,” said John. “I’m reassured to know that every single day the team will come to the table with challenging perspectives that lead to the best work. I’m looking forward to us delivering that work with excellence and exceeding expectations.”
Combined, Halvorson and Line bring over 35 years of experience that has provided them both with leadership abilities to help their teams build moments that position brands to win. Between the two, their previous client roster includes great brands such as Dell Technologies, Estée Lauder, JPMorgan Chase, Nike, Target, Converse, IKEA, Heineken and Walmart, among others.
The brand team expansion comes following the recent announcement of another new role for the agency, Amber Justis as Head of Creative. This past January, The Many also welcomed 19 new hires to the team, and recently called on talent like drag queen Manila Luzon, gymnast Gabby Reese, and 80s icon Boy George via Cameo to support its recruitment efforts with a number of open positions still remaining.
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