GSD&M Promotes John McAdorey to Head of Production

Austin-based Agency Expands Executive Team with Appointment to Production and Editorial Team

April 25, 2024 – Austin, TX –
Today, Austin-based advertising agency GSD&M announced it has appointed John McAdorey to the role of Head of Production. He will report to GSD&M CEO, Duff Stewart.

McAdorey previously served as an Executive Producer at GSD&M, supporting clients including Pizza Hut and Fruit of the Loom. Before joining GSD&M, he was the Director of Production at McCann, overseeing campaigns for Verizon’s 5G, B2B and consumer businesses. This work included five consecutive years of Super Bowl campaigns, ranging from Jim Carrey’s first (and only) commercial to highlighting the courage of first responders during times of incredible need. During his tenure at McCann, McAdorey was awarded multiple Cannes Lions, including the Grand Prix for Good for his work on March for Our Lives’ “Generation Lockdown” spot, which led to the passage of important gun safety legislation. 

“During his short time at GSD&M, John has brought a level of expertise and strategy that we strive for,” said Stewart. “He is a seasoned, knowledgeable leader who lives by the motto of ‘no is not an answer,’ a critical element of the GSD&M philosophy to ‘do whatever it takes to build our client’s business.’ As Head of Production, he’s primed to keep that momentum going, delivering quality work that sets the bar for the whole agency.” 

McAdorey will oversee production at the agency, supervising and supporting executive producers across all motion elements, film, online video and digital. As a member of the Agency Executive Team, he will also assist in business affairs and project management, including resource management. His role will begin immediately. 

“I’m honored to continue my tenure at GSD&M as Head of Production,” said McAdorey. “Every year I ask myself ‘What’s one impossible task I can do this year?’ This year, I’m excited to lean into an area of strong growth and expertise for the agency, in the digital and social space. We can accomplish much more than a traditional agency for our clients—from delivering campaigns that challenge conventions to empowering brands to embrace their purpose.”

Outside of work, McAdorey’s passion for production remains strong. He is an actor, appearing  in films such as, The Irishman and The British Are Coming.


Founded in 1971, GSD&M is a creatively driven, full-service agency headquartered in Austin, Texas, that believes when you pay the price to understand the problem and apply that insight to solve courageously, the reward is ideas that make a difference. With a restless culture and purpose as a guiding force, GSD&M builds brands with a fully integrated creative, media and analytics approach. For more information, visit

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