Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Senior Appointments Position Agency for Future-Focused Growth

ROCHESTER, NY -- (Marketwired) -- After a year packed with new business wins, top talent hires, and the expansion and development of its core offerings, creative ideas agency Partners + Napier today announced the appointment of two new presidents to ensure it delivers exceptional service and expert capability in pace with marketers' changing needs.

Sarah Hanson, previously chief growth officer, has been named president of the agency's Rochester office, and Matt Dowshen, previously managing director, has been named president of the agency's quickly growing creative boutique in New York City.

"We've seen massive change in our business and in our industry, especially in the past couple years," said Sharon Napier, CEO at Partners + Napier. "A large part of anticipating our clients' needs is having the right leadership in the right places, so we've proactively crafted our senior team with an eye on the future."

In Rochester, Hanson's appointment to president is complemented by two other promotions: Courtney Cotrupe, previously SVP director of client services, has been promoted to managing director, and Pete VonDerLinn, previously VP creative director, has been promoted to executive creative director. These appointments build on the momentum generated by several account wins this year, including BMW Financial Services, ConAgra Foods, Bob Evans Foods and others.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to guide our Rochester office as president," said Hanson. "This agency has had an incredible 10 years, and I'm really looking forward to helping define our next decade."

Now fueled by Dowshen as president, Partners + Napier's NYC office (PNYC) is on a tear of its own. Also led by Ogilvy and Crispin Porter alumnus Jason Marks as executive creative director, the PNYC team recently won the digital creative work for Lufthansa Airlines as well as assignments from Wiley Publishing and Blackboard. In the past few months, the shop launched a star-studded campaign for AT&T's sponsorship of the Tribeca Film Festival, and developed the brand and positioning work for Derek Jeter's new sports media venture, The Players' Tribune.

"PNYC is a creative boutique with global scale sitting within the hub of our parent network Project: WorldWide," said Dowshen. "It's a bold new offering of our brand in New York City and I could not be more excited to lead it in my new role."

The new leadership structure is effective immediately. As CEO, Sharon Napier will continue to lead the agency overall, guiding its growth strategy and partnerships.

About Partners + Napier
Partners + Napier is a creative ideas agency that builds brands from the ground up. With an office in Rochester, NY, and a new creative boutique offering in New York City, PNYC (, the agency brings core strengths in brand strategy, advertising, digital marketing, shopper marketing and content creation. Partners + Napier serves a diverse roster of clients, including BMW Financial Services, Constellation Brands, Delta Private Jets, The Players' Tribune, ConAgra Foods, Keurig Green Mountain, and Capital One. Partners + Napier is part of independent global agency network Project: WorldWide. Find out more at

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