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Walton Isaacson ad agency names Vida Cornelius EVP and Chief Creative Officer

(March 12, 2015) Vida Cornelious, one of the advertising industry's most honored and recognized executives, is joining the Walton Isaacson agency as Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer. Her appointment becomes effective in April. She will report to the agency's co-founders Aaron Walton and Cory Isaacson who are based in Los Angeles and Chicago respectively.

"Vida Cornelious is a much lauded creative executive who understands client needs and knows how to build brands across cultures and disciplines. We are thrilled to have her on board," Cory Isaacson said.

Aaron Walton added, "Vida is everything we have been looking for in this role. With offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Tokyo, we needed someone with a truly cross cultural and international awareness."

Cornelious joins WI from GlobalHue where, as Chief Creative Officer, she earned the AOR role for the JEEP Brand and led Jeep North America's advertising efforts. Among her most recognized work for the automaker were an acclaimed Super Bowl spots: Jeep's "Whole Again" featuring Oprah Winfrey and Chrysler's "America's Import" with Bob Dylan. Cornelious' five-year tenure at GlobalHue included spearheading notable agency creative wins such as US Bank, HBO, NBA, Microsoft, Susan G Komen, Coca-Cola and AutoZone.

Cornelious said, "I have great respect for the way Cory and Aaron conceived of and built this agency," said Cornelius. "Joining them on the heels of some great creative recognition and wins is a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to helping them write the next chapters in the story of The Planet's Most Interesting Agency."

Cornelious' 18-year career includes the creation of award-winning work as a VP, Creative Director at DDB Chicago where she helped create engaging campaigns for McDonald's, Dell Computers, JCPenny, State Farm, Qwest and Budweiser.

Cornelious' work has been recognized and awarded by the Cannes International Advertising Festival, the London International Awards, the Effies, the ADDYs, Communication Arts, Graphis and Luerzer's Archive. Chronicles of her work and career have appeared in Time Magazine, Advertising Age, Adweek, Shoot, The Wall St. Journal, Diversity in Business, Black Enterprise and Essence Magazine.

In November of last year, Cornelius received the Marketing to African American with Excellence (MAAX) Award as Advertising Executive of the Year from Target Market News.

A past honoree in Ad Age's "Women to Watch," Cornelious also has been honored as an ADCOLOR "Change Agent." A frequent judge at many prestigious industry awards shows---ART DIRECTORS CLUB (2013), AICP (2013), ANDYS (2015), EFFIES (2014) and NY FESTIVALS (2015)---she has presented at the American Advertising Federation's conferences, the 3% Conference and served as a guest lecturer at Georgetown University, Duke University, the University of Illinois and Ohio University.

Founded in 2005 by marketing innovators Aaron Walton, Cory Isaacson and partner Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Walton Isaacson (WI) provides strategic and creative solutions to some of the world's largest and most aggressive brand marketers. Headquartered in Chicago and Los Angeles, with additional offices in New York, Miami and Tokyo, clients include Lexus, McDonald's, Beam Suntory, Macy's, Scion, MillerCoors, Hillshire Brands, Wells Fargo, The Los Angeles Dodgers, Cantu Beauty, and Avion Tequila. For more information please visit www.waltonisaacson.com.


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