CHICAGO — Edelman has named ad agency vet Jon Flannery as chief creative officer of its Chicago office.

Flannery joins from DDB in Chicago, where he served as executive creative director. Before that, he spent a decade FCB, serving as executive creative director in Chicago and chief creative officer in Toronto.

Flannery will report to Kevin Cook, the office’s former COO who was upped to president in December. He replaces  Steve Slivka, who left the firm early this month to pursue a new opportunity, an Edelman spokesperson said.

“In the midst of the current global crisis consumers have specific expectations of brands and how they communicate: they want them to solve, not sell,” said Cook. “Our ability to deliver impactful earned creative solutions for clients has never been more vital.  Jon is known for creating campaigns for global brands that spark movements and resonate socially. His experience will be instrumental for our clients as they seek to reinforce and build new levels of trust with consumers.”

Flannery is the latest in number of Edelman hires over the last year or so joining the company from ad agencies.

Others include global brand practice chair Megan Van Someren, who joined Edelman last September from JWT to head the firm’s food & beverage practice.  Last year, the agency also hired Yannis Kotziagkiaouridis, who had spent four-plus years running Wunderman Thompson’s digital practice, as the agency’s first global head of data & analytics and Leo Burnett’s Judy John as global chief creative officer.