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Meghan McDonnell Named President, Pile Consulting

by Judy Neer, Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Friends of Pile,

As 2016 winds down, I wanted to share some exciting news. I’m thrilled to announce that Meghan McDonnell has been named President, Pile Consulting.

Meghan has been with Pile for 17 years. She’s not just seen, but been in the thick of, the ebbs and flows of the marketing communications industry for the last two decades. As a result, she has a remarkably keen understanding of brands, the agency landscape and, of course, client-agency relations.

Meghan’s experience in this niche industry is one of the main reasons clients work with us again and again. She provides shrewd, unbiased counsel coupled with a deep knowledge of movements in the agency world and their impact on clients’ needs.

In her new role, Meghan will continue to lead our agency search, performance evaluation and agency compensation service areas, while expanding her leadership to cover all of Pile Consulting including agency model assessment, creative brief training, onboarding and organizational consulting.

I hope you join me in congratulating Meghan. As we come up on our 30th (!) anniversary next year, I can’t think of a better way for Meghan and Pile to move forward in 2017.

All the best to you and your families this holiday season.


What Clients Should Know About the ANA's Media Transparency Report

by Pile and Company, Wednesday, June 15, 2016

After the ANA released its report on media transparency, we fielded many questions from clients wondering how they should digest the findings and move forward with their own media partners.

Meghan and Dan share their advice in Ad Age.

Lessons From the Election to Apply to Your Next Agency Search

by Pile and Company, Wednesday, April 13, 2016

What can be gleaned from this year's presidential race? Surprisingly, there are a few lessons from the election that can be applied to your next agency search.

Check out Dan's article in Ad Age on how, similar to picking a new president, clients must look beyond the glitz and glamour during a pitch.

10 Ways to Make An Agency Transition Better

by Judy Neer, Thursday, November 05, 2015

Agency transitions are difficult, and dare we say, painful at times. But it's in an agency's (and client's) best interest to make the move as seamless as possible.

Judy and Dan share how to end client-agency relationships on good terms in Ad Age.

How to Avoid Being the Incumbent in a Review

by Meghan McDonnell, Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Does anyone really want to be the incumbent in a review?

Meghan shares six ways agencies can keep their client relationships in good stead, and maybe even keep themselves out of a review. 

Check it out in Ad Age.

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