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Barkley Promotes Katy Hornaday to Executive Creative Director

Kansas City-based agency Barkley has promoted Katy Hornaday to Executive Creative Director and Paul Corrigan has been tapped to lead Barkley’s Blacktop design unit. She will be replacing Jason Elm, who is departing Barkley.

“Katy is the ideal creative leader to help take us into the future, because she sees the world in a very modern way,” says Jeff King, Barkley CEO, said in a statement. “She is a great listener, a skilled collaborator and she is one of the most natural and gifted leaders I’ve met in the business.”

The five-year veteran creative director has led creative work for Hershey, Anheuser-Busch, Cargill, Noodles & Company and Vanity Fair, as well as a number of other brands since joining Barkley in 2012. Her work for Hershey TAKE5 was Barkley’s most-awarded work ever at this year’s Kansas City Addys, including the award of Overall Best In Show.

Prior to that,  Hornaday was a Senior Copywriter at Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, working on brands such as Old Navy and Baby Carrots, before moving to Mullen in Boston where she held the title of Associate Creative Director for brands like Zappos and JetBlue. She was named one of Business Insider’s Most Creative 30 under 30.

“I’ve loved this agency since the day I arrived, and I couldn’t be more excited or humbled to play my part in building the future of Barkley,” Hornaday stated.