Joel Savitzky

Senior Creative Director at Wheels Up

New York, NY, USA
I am a hands-on, goal-oriented creative director and team leader.

• Global creative leadership experience across Hong Kong/Asia Pacific, London, Paris and NYC
• Partner to executives and C-suite, translating business needs into creative strategy
• Graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, BFA Graphic Design
• Exceptional command of digital and social media
• Easy-going, happy and creative guy who loves to lead by example

Specialties:
• Technological insights
• Impeccable typography
• Strong team player

Work Experience

Wheels Up

Senior Creative Director

Head up product design for Wheels Up and set creative strategy and direction for the team across web and app platforms.
May 2019 - Present New York, United States

Langham Hospitality Group

Global Director of Creative Services

Provided hands-on leadership and collaborated across global functions with both internal and external teams. Managed the creation, development and delivery of all creative, videography, new business development and communications.

Major initiatives included:
• Global brand photography and photo shoot styling/logistics, including VR and room products
• Launch of new brand Splash Beach Resort, Phuket
• Pre-opening and launch of new hotels marketing materials
• Product creative on langhamresidences.com, splashbeachresort.com and sales portals
July 2018 - February 2019 Hong Kong SAR of China

CBRE Asia Pacific

Creative Director, Head of Design, APAC

Designed, led, inspired and directed world-class work from a talented team of 25+ designers across the Asia Pacific region including Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney and Greater China. Was accountable for regional design decisions, winning new business, and global brand consistency. Grew and reorganized the team and fostered an international collaborative creative community.

Key Asia Pacific regional and global projects included:
• CBRE Asia Pacific career portal
• CBRE Asia Pacific annual Market Outlook series with input to global creative direction
• CBRE thought leadership & research outputs
September 2014 - June 2018 Hong Kong SAR of China

Starwood Hotels And Resorts

Senior Digital Art Director, Global Brand Design

Headed up creative development on web product teams involved with Starwood Hotels' brands + SPG. Partnered with product owner on Starwood mobile web and desktop to ensure innovation and strict creative standards. Oversaw external vendors and supervised their digital creative work. Assumed creative leadership in Agile methodology within Starwood corporate.

Responsible for launching several high-profile digital projects, including:
• spg.com 2014 desktop redesign and launch on mobile
• Starwood.com on mobile
• Instagram on all Starwood brand sites (http://usat.ly/1f6jObj)
• W Hotels 'Turn It Up' campaign on Spotify
November 2012 - July 2014 New York, United States

Health4Brands (HAVAS Worldwide)

Senior Art Director, Digital

Managed, grew and led the digital creative department in London.

Oversaw flawless creative execution on global brands across Paris, Rome, UK, Spain and the United States. Worked on a variety of platforms, commanding knowledge particularly in the digital/mobile/tablet and environmental space.
November 2011 - November 2012 London, United Kingdom

HAVAS Lynx (HAVAS Worldwide)

Senior Art Director

Managed national accounts on a day-to-day basis, grew creative team from 5 to 15 designers, copywriters and art directors.

Contributed conceptually to agency brands and new business pitches, while executing design solutions for a variety of media and platforms. Focused on digital/interactive space. Managed team of designers, IAs, developers.
2010 - 2011 New York, New York, United States

Rosetta (Publicis Groupe)

Senior Art Director

Grew New York creative team from 1 to 25 designers, copywriters, art directors and creative directors.

Managed team execution of websites, development of branding and corporate identity systems, email and RM templates, banner and rich media advertising, and direct mail packages.

Completed design work on several high profile, global brands.
2007 - 2010 New York, New York, United States

System Recordings

Art Director, Head of Production

Responsibilities included design and production of 200+ releases (CDs, 12" vinyl and digital downloads), label merchandise, advertising materials, flyers, posters, newsletters, online contests, web materials and affiliated websites.
2002 - 2007 New York, New York, United States

Education

Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD)

BFA, Graphic Design major.

Awarded Meridian Printing Award by the Rhode Island School of Design faculty for excellence. Received honor roll status by the Academic Standing Committee at the Rhode Island School of Design.
September 1997 - June 2001 Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Languages

English (Native),

Skills

Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, Creative Direction, Drawing, Illustrator, Indesign, Typography,

Notes

Known to be an extremely strong team player who gets along well across disciplines.