Troika adds Katz as Chief Development Officer

Hollywood-based Troika has added Austin Katz as its Chief Development Officer to lead strategic growth and development at the branding and marketing agency.

austin2As a leader in entertainment and sports media branding for more than 15 years, Troika has seen double-digit growth in response to the expansion of the brands that recognize consumers as audiences and fans. Troika’s clients range from brands, such as UFC, Riot Games and Red Bull to longstanding media giants, like Warner Bros., Turner, CBS and Starz and innovative consumer product and service brands, including GoPro, Pechanga Resort and Casino and Canada Goose.

“With change comes opportunity,” Dan Pappalardo said. “Austin will be charged with innovation, ensuring that we continue to serve the growing needs of brands that must connect with consumers on their terms through engagement, entertainment and fandom. Troika is pioneering a new model of marketing that layers brand, culture and human emotion in an unprecedented time of change.”

“Troika has a special opportunity to dive deeper and innovate more. Building upon Troika’s success, we are broadening our focus by leveraging our insights and expertise in new verticals. In the fast-changing brand landscape, the company is well-positioned to drive the marketplace and continue to help leading brands chart their paths into a new frontier,” said Austin Katz.

Austin’s background includes experience in both the entertainment industry as well as the agency side, where he has worked with innovative brands, such as Clorox, Chrysler, FedEx, Marriott, Schwinn, Mad Men, Bravo, HGTV and Weber. Prior to The Company, he was with Brand Sense Partners, Warner Bros., InfoSpace Mobile, Sony Corp. and Rare Ventures in various leadership and senior management roles.