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Office Employees0-50
Total US0-50
Total Worldwide0-50
Discretionary Comments:
Walrus has a core team of 30 full-time employees. The agency has an extensive network of talented freelance creatives, strategists, account managers, and broadcast producers that we employ on more short-term project-based work.
Frances L. Webster, Co-Founder, CEO
Frances is CEO of Walrus, an advertising and media agency she co-founded with Deacon Webster in 2005. Before Walrus, Frances was CMO at Mad Dogs & Englishmen and Director of Business Development at BSSP. A graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee), Frances sits on the Advisory Board for the Babson Center of Excellence at Sewanee and is a member of the 4A’s Eastern Region Board. As an active proponent of the industry, she has presented at Advertising Week, 4A's annual conference appeared on the Ad Age Ad Lib podcast, and has been featured in publications including Huffington Post, Adweek, Campaign US, Business Insider, The Drum, and Ad Age.
Deacon Webster, Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer
Deacon co-founded Walrus in 2005 with his wife, Frances. Prior to Walrus, he was the Chief Creative Officer of Mad Dogs & Englishmen, the same agency at which he began his career as a junior copywriter in 1995 and moved up the ranks to oversee creative at the San Francisco office, and then New York. He is extremely pale. His work is known for combining intelligence with humor and always respecting its audience, and has appeared in the One Show, D&AD, Cannes, The Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, the Clios and the Effies. He was an ADC Young Gun and graduated from the Newhouse School at Syracuse.
Paula Beer-Levine, Managing Director
Paula oversees the accounts department and sets the direction for client services, promoting collaboration across all departments to ensure each campaign is on-strategy and results-oriented. Prior to Walrus, she was a Partner and the Director of Account Management at Mad Dogs & Englishmen.
Val Hope Steyer, Head of Integrated Production
Valerie leads the production department at Walrus and oversees all creative services involved in campaign development. Prior to Walrus, she founded and ran her own integrated production company, Backbone Productions, where she worked with clients such as Nike, ESPN, Avon, L’Oreal, Sharp, New York Life, Coca Cola, and New York Cosmos. Previously, Valerie spent nine years at Mad Dogs & Englishmen, where she was a Partner and the Director of Production & Creative Services. She began her advertising career working with Dany Lennon at The Creative Register.
Ryan Gordon, Head of Media
Ryan leads media communications for Walrus ensuring collaboration with clients and internal teams to drive long-term brand growth. Prior to Walrus, Ryan was the EVP of performance for Assembly Media where he oversaw a $500M portfolio that included clients such as Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Elevate Financial, and Boehringer Ingelheim. During his 20- year career, Ryan has worked on David Yurman, Burberry, Reebok, CTCA, Revlon, Almay, Merck and Direct TV. He has won six DTC gold medals, Mosaic’s Campaign of the Year, and HSMAI Campaign of the Year and most recently Adweek’s Media All-Star 2020.