Global creative production studio The Mill has appointed Josh Mandel as its new Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Mandel will be taking on the newly appointed role as previous acting CEO David Patton turns his focus to growing the wider advertising division at The Mill’s parent company Technicolor. Within his role as Global President of Creative Experience and Advertising at Technicolor, Patton will continue to be responsible for leading the fast growing MPC Advertising, The Mill and Mikros creative production studios.
Mandel is a renowned executive in the advertising industry, having initially joined The Mill’s studio in Los Angeles as Managing Director/President in 2019. Mandel brings two decades of experience with the world’s best marketers to the global CEO role, having held senior leadership roles at Nike, Wieden+Kennedy, R/GA, 72&Sunny and 180Amsterdam. Mandel’s commitment to growth and diversity of experience has seen him work across Europe, Mexico and the USA.
The move comes as The Mill business continues to expand its capabilities in the creative marketing, production, experiential and visual effects space. Mandel’s appointment ushers in a new decade for the 31-year-old business that has adapted to the ever-changing industry and evolved from a post-production facility to full service creative studio.
As the business strives to continue to work with the best brands, agencies and production companies in the industry, Mandel is charged with driving the creative studio forward and ensuring its success in a post-Covid era. He will also focus on upholding The Mill’s commitment to its people and culture, ensuring the company’s mission around diversity, equity and inclusion is honored throughout every level of the business. Mandel will be responsible for running The Mill globally and accountable for the overall performance and creative culture within all studios in London, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Berlin and Bangalore, as well as exploring opportunities for further global expansion.
Mandel will report directly into Global President of Creative Experience and Advertising at Technicolor David Patton, who comments:“This is a critical step up for Josh in recognition of the great strategic work he has done with The Mill since his arrival. I believe he is perfectly placed to build the business for even greater success in the future. Having held a number of senior positions at widely respected companies, he’s a strong strategist and has a good grasp of how the creative industry is evolving and the opportunities being created for The Mill. Most importantly I believe he will prove to a strong, dependable, commercial and critically creative leader.”
Josh Mandel, CEO of The Mill adds,“Since joining The Mill I have had the great pleasure of working with highly acclaimed talent, doing extraordinary work for the world’s best agencies and brands. People join The Mill to do the work that defines their careers – and I want to continue that legacy. I hope we can continue to grow into new regions and explore new creative capabilities, working with partners who want to push the boundaries of what is possible within production and brand experiences.”
The Mill is a global creative partner for agencies, production companies and brands, working across multiple media channels and platforms. It has studios in London, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Berlin and Bangalore.