LEVEL Studios, a Rosetta company, today announced the hiring of Brien Grant as Creative Director out of the agency’s San Jose, California studio.

Grant will work with LEVEL clients, including Cisco, NetApp, eBay and NAMCO BANDAI Games, among others, to develop solutions that leverage the interplay of branded content, technology platforms and connected devices. Grant will oversee the user experience and creative groups for LEVEL | SJ in addition to supporting the agency’s other studios in Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. He will also help recruit and mentor strong creative talent for the agency. Grant is a seasoned creative leader with more than 16 years of experience in traditional and digital advertising. Most recently, Grant was a Group Creative Director with Ogilvy One where he oversaw their Starwood Hotels account. Prior to Ogilvy, he spent four years with OLSON in Minneapolis as a VP and Group Creative Director. There he led a multidisciplinary creative team that innovated for brands like Nike, Target, General Mills and Capital One.

On the client side, Grant spent nearly five years as an Interactive Creative Director within Target Corporation. Grant’s work has been featured and recognized in national and international publications including Communication Arts, HOW, Shoot, I.D., Print, Time and Applied Arts. He has won numerous awards including multiple Effies, a Webby and ‘Best of Show” at the Minnesota Show ‘06, Best of Show AIGA MN 2009, and has been honored by Marketing Sherpa’s Viral Marketing Hall of Fame. He is also a frequent industry awards judge and juror.

“Our agency's talent acquisition strategy and growth has been based on attracting top talent across various industry verticals that align with our cultural differentiation and technical expertise as well as our clients’ needs,” said Alexander Mahernia, Chief Creative Officer at LEVEL. “This strategy has enabled us to provide innovative and market-changing solutions for our clients based on the relevance and the experience of key positions acquired over the past 15 years. Brien's addition to our Creative Department expands our capabilities across traditional advertising, branding/brand planning and online commerce capacities.”

“I also believe that Brien's unique flavor of design and branding in relation to his past experience elevating clients such as Nike, Converse, Starwood and the like in the interactive space will provide an immense amount of value to our clients and the growth of our Creative Department,” Alex continued. “Finally, Brien is a Hemingway fan boy, loves monkeys and has just the right amount of weird to fit into our culture and the LEVEL team. I am excited to have a talent of his caliber on my team and look forward to working closely with him.”

Recently acquired by Rosetta, LEVEL is now part of the nation’s largest independent digital agency with more than 1,000 employees and 10 offices in North America. Combined, Rosetta is among the top five digital advertising agencies in the US.