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Cramer-Krasselt - Chicago
TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
Office Employees101-200
Total US201-500
BIOS
Peter Krivkovich, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer
He’s been with the company since 1981, when his own agency, Hackenberg, Normann, Krivkovich (and you think Krasselt is hard to pronounce?) was purchased by C-K. He got his start in the business on the client side at Kemper Insurance. He also spent a fair amount of time at Leo Burnett, which helped shape his ideas about how to build a better agency. Born in Eastern Europe, Peter speaks fluent Russian, and its spirit can be felt in his fiery sense of determination to help clients bury their competition.

He’s been AdWeek’s Midwest Executive of the Year. Advertising Age named him one of the 100 Best and Brightest People in Advertising. And he’s won Cramer-Krasselt’s Shiniest Shoes Award. Twice.

Peter has been on numerous corporate and charity boards, including The Ad Council, the National Board of the 4A’s and ICOM. He regularly speaks at marketing and advertising events.
Karen Seamen, President, Chief Operating Officer
She’s helped manage some of our stunning successes. Now she’s responsible for managing C-K’s largest office and operations across the C-K network.

Karen has been a driving force in managing our innovative single-bottom-line model. This “no silos” approach has allowed the agency to be truly integrated and focus on developing ideas that work across platforms.

She’s killer at understanding branding and brand architecture–but admittedly struggled with working with the architects during our office expansion.

She’ll stick to brand architecture.

She has a B.A. from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, her hometown. She is also on the Board of the 4A’s, Chicago Advertising Federation and Garfield Park Conservatory. Karen’s been named one of 40 “Women to Watch” by Advertising Age, one of the “Top Women from Pittsburgh” and recently, one of Crain’s “Women to Watch.” Her hobbies are conference calls, salads and juggling.
Marshall Ross, Vice Chairman, Chief Creative Officer
That ought to say it all. But for the record, he joined C-K in 1995, and was part of the agency team that steered C-K to being the second largest independent in the country, garnering everything from multiple Effies to the Cannes Lion.

In his life before C-K, Marshall was a copywriter and creative supervisor at Foote, Cone & Belding. At the age of 27, he had the thoroughly naive idea of starting a creative boutique in a large agency town. To most everyone’s surprise, Mitchiner, Ross & Kahn managed a successful six-year run in Chicago before being acquired in 1992 by Campbell Mithun Esty, where Marshall assumed the post of executive creative director.

His account experience includes all of C-K’s accounts and McDonald’s, 7UP, Coors Beer, Payless Shoes, Citibank and several campaigns for The Partnership for a Drug-Free America. He also collaborated with filmmaker John Hughes on a picture that absolutely defines the word “flop.”

Marshall’s hobby is work. Other interests include worrying and germ avoidance.