MINNEAPOLIS—Doug Dome, who created and built of the largest and most successful creative firms in the Chicago market before selling it to Hill & Knowlton in 2004, has joined Carmichael Lynch Spong as managing principal, chief creative officer. Dome joins from the Dome HK unit of Hill & Knowlton, where he served as president.
According to CLS managing partner Doug Spong, Dome “will play an integral role in supercharging the growth of CLS, ensuring that the firm sets the high-water mark, achieves its goal of doubling its business in the next five years and maintains its position as champion of best practices.” CLS has offices in Minneapolis, Denver, New York, Chicago and San Francisco, and has plans to expand both domestically and internationally.
According to Spong, “Doug is a kindred spirit with similar values who aligns wonderfully with our upbeat, creative culture. He’ll stoke the fire and bring a great amount of heat to CLS as we’re poised for expansion.” Dome will focus his expertise on evolving areas of the business including experiential and lifestyle marketing, ethnic marketing and marketing to women, youth, GLBT and mature adults and will manage all digital activities. He will be based in the firm’s Chicago office.
Dome HK was created in 2004 when Hill & Knowlton acquired Dome Communications, the agency Dome founded in 1997. Prior to starting Dome Communications, Dome was managing director of public relations and events for the Impact Communications Group, a subsidiary of Foote Cone & Belding in Chicago and was manager of public relations for the central division of MCI Telecommunications. He also served as the opening director of public relations and promotions for the Fairmont Hotel-Chicago.