Douglas E. Rand Reunites with Brandsymbol’s President & CEO, Clayton D. Tolley

Posted September 12, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brandsymbol announces the hiring of Douglas E. Rand as Senior Vice President, bringing extensive expertise and enthusiasm for branding to help grow the newly founded agency to compete against legacy branding agencies.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have D. E. Rand on board here at brandsymbol,” Clayton D. Tolley expressed, “our careers have crossed paths several times over the past 20 years while working in the branding industry, first as a coworker and then as a competitor … I’m excited and fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him again, he will be paramount in growing brandsymbol.”

Beginning his career as a Brand Consultant at Addison Whitney in 1992, D. E. Rand rapidly rose to the title of Managing Director and later became the Chief Branding Officer for Garrigan Lyman Group. These roles eventually led to him becoming President of Brand Institute’s Midwest region, where he spent five years developing long-term relationships with pharmaceutical clients such as AbbVie, Teva, and Roche.

“I love the strategic and creative components of branding, but branding is not just a project to me, it’s really about working with people. I’ve developed a passion for the client, working directly with them to ensure they get the Brand they need to be successful … this is a passion C. D. Tolley and I share, and the main driver for us both looking to continue our careers at a new branding agency” D. E. Rand explained.

Combining the decades of Brand-building expertise from both D. E. Rand and C. D. Tolley will propel brandsymbol into the branding industry, specifically becoming a recognized and trusted partner among healthcare companies. D. E. Rand will have an immediate impact on the agency by leveraging his industry connections, and a long-term impact building a knowledgeable Account Team that shares the passion for branding.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of a fast-growing agency where I can leave a lasting impression and help shape its future, but most importantly I’m looking forward to getting in front of the client and reconnecting with people I’ve known for years.”


About Brandsymbol

With over two decades of experience, brandsymbol was founded with the goal of revitalizing the agency-client relationship by innovating and transforming the branding process, to deliver world-class solutions, customized for each client. Our proprietary i4 Methodology is engineered to provide senior-level expertise, global creative, advanced legal & regulatory solutions to deliver clients world-class brands that are based on facts and figures, not opinions and observations.


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