From the LA Times:
Phelps hired veteran marketing executive Mike Jackson as president…The position of president did not previously exist. However, the company's founder and chief executive, Joe Phelps, carved out the new role to bring Jackson aboard.
Los Angeles' advertising industry has been growing in recent years."Ten years ago, a lot of East Coast clients did not want to work with a Los Angeles agency," Jackson said Tuesday. "But now, with the convergence of advertising, media, entertainment and technology, L.A. increasingly is the place to go."
"I spent six hours [at Phelps] and I was struck by what I saw in his strong integrated operations. So a new year, a new start," said Jackson. "My focus will be on business development, Phelps brand development and existing clients. I'll handle the day-to-day while Joe will be more focused on the agency's strategic direction."
From the New York Times:
Mike Jackson joined Phelps, Los Angeles, as president, a new post. He will also work with an affiliate agency, Phelps Total Marketing, which specializes in multicultural marketing. Mr. Jackson had most recently run his own agency, Jackson & Partners, Detroit, which he closed, he said, to join Phelps; he previously held senior marketing and sales posts at companies that included General Motors, Coca-Cola, Coors Brewing and PepsiCo.
From the Los Angeles Business Journal:
"I believe that my experience on the client side will be really valuable or valued [at Phelps] where the emphasis is so focused on the client and client based teams," said Jackson, who has also worked for Coors Brewing Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Coca-Cola Co.