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Olson ad agency names new CEO

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Olson, an advertising agency based in Minneapolis, has hired John Partilla as its new chief executive officer, Ad Age reports. He replaces Kevin DiLorenzo, who will remain with the agency as a significant shareholder, director and senior adviser to Partilla.

"Kevin's contributions were invaluable," John Olson, founder and co-chairman of the agency said in a statement. "He was the perfect leader for consolidating our acquisitions and creating a model focused on forward-thinking brands. John Partilla's experience with driving national and international brands as well as his sheer enthusiasm for the agency, makes him the absolute right person to help drive us to the next level."

"It's a wonderful honor to have been selected to build on the strong foundation in place at Olson, which does great business -- and brand-building work with smart and breakthrough creative," Partilla said in a statement. "Olson's holistic model is truly the real deal. More and more, you're going to see us punching above our weight."

The Business Journal says the 27-year media and advertising veteran is joining Olson after most recently serving as chief operating officer at New York-based Dentsu Network West. He also led global media sales as president of both Clear Channel Communications and Time Warner Inc.

Some of Olson's clients include Best Buy, General Mills, Minnesota State Lottery, Pepsi and Target.

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