Ulrich Pallas joins thjnk as partner and member of the board for finance and administration.
Continuing on its growth trajectory, the agency is positioning itself for the next stages in its development.
Following stints at Ogilvy, BBDO, Lowe, OMD and most recently a 14-year tenure as CFO of Jung von Matt, Ulrich Pallas joins thjnk as of 1 April 2016.
Founded in summer 2012, the thjnk agency group today comprises five thjnk locations (Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Munich and New York), the design subsidiary loved (Hamburg) as well as the joint ventures Leo’s thjnk tank (Munich) and upljft (Hamburg).
Karen Heumann, co-founder and management board spokesperson of thjnk, says, “In the light of thjnk’s dynamic growth over recent years and the next phase in our ongoing development, we are delighted to be joined by one of the most experienced, high-calibre professionals in his field. I personally am looking forward to working with Ulrich Pallas again, following our successful time together at BBDO and JvM.”
Michael Trautmann, co-founder: “Given the way our organisational structures have grown, the time had come to bring on board a dedicated partner for this department, allowing us to maintain our focus on content in our work for clients. It is fantastic to have found someone with such an outstanding reputation in his field, and who enjoys both our trust and our great personal respect.”
Of his new role, Ulrich Pallas says, “After many good years at JvM, it was time for a change. In addition to Karen Heumann, I have also had plenty of opportunity to get to know and appreciate Armin Jochum and Michael Trautmann. And I am thrilled at the prospect of helping them and the other wonderful people at thjnk shape the next steps in the development of this remarkable agency and join forces with them at what is a very exciting phase in the company’s growth.”
Background: Born in 1963, Ulrich Pallas is a widower with two children. He holds a degree in business administration. His first involvement with the industry came in 1992, when he held a power of attorney at Ogilvy in Frankfurt to manage its investments. He then served in executive positions at BBDO in Hamburg, Lowe and OMD before joining Jung von Matt as CFO in late 2001.
About thjnk: The thjnk agency group was founded in Hamburg in August 2012. Its three founders, Karen Heumann, Armin Jochum and Michael Trautmann, make up the management board of thjnk ag, which maintains offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich and New York. Clients such as Audi, IKEA, Commerzbank, McDonald’s, REWE and HARIBO count on our currently 360-strong team to create media-neutral, integrated, 360-degree communications concepts and advise them on all matters relating to strategic brand positioning.
Alongside the design agency loved, which specialises in corporate identity, corporate design, corporate publishing and content marketing, thjnk has also set up two joint ventures: Leo’s thjnk tank – a joint venture between Leo Burnett and thjnk established specifically for the client McDonald’s – and upljft, a joint venture with technology company facelift, which focuses on social advertising to deliver strategy, design, data and technology from a single source.