Chief Creative Officer / David & Goliath
Topic: FIND YOUR BRAVE
In 1999, Ben Purcell joined David Angelo and three others and opened the doors to David&Goliath in Los Angeles. In addition to growing the agency from scratch, Ben helped secure the Kia Motors account. From Associate Creative Director to Chief Creative Officer, Ben helped guide the brand from the number 12 import in US Sales to number 5. For Kia alone, Ben has worked on 7 Super Bowl campaigns including the Cannes Lion winning film “Eco-Warrior with Melissa McCarthy” campaign that’s among the highest rated of all time. And the Josh Jacobs “Tough never quits” campaign that helped raise two million dollars for youth homelessness.
After many years on Kia, Ben focused on growing other accounts at the agency. He has managed and created award-winning work for accounts including HBO, Universal Studios, Vizio, Jack in the Box, Bacardi, and Frito Lay. His awards include Cannes, The One Show, D&AD, Clio and Effie.
Before David&Goliath, Ben freelanced for 4 years. Sewing his creative oats at Band of Gypsies, BBDO West, Fallon McElligott, TBWA Chiat/Day and Wieden + Kennedy. Prior to heading West, Ben grew up in the South. He graduated from the University of Kentucky at the age of 20 and then the Portfolio Center in Atlanta.
As far as his personal life, Ben is married and has three girls. To keep his sanity, he rides his bikes and works a lot.