Matthew Barish has been named chief operating officer at Los Angeles-based creative agency and design studio Imaginary Forces. Barish is Imaginary Forces’ first COO in its 26-year history.

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Prior to joining Imaginary Forces, Matthew was senior talent manager at R/GA for one year. Before that he worked as a freelance project manager, talent recruiting and resource manager for five and a half years. Prior to that, Matthew was operations manager at The Mill.

“The greater good isn’t only the company, but the people. Imaginary Forces has strong creatives – it’s simply the culture,” Barish said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to helping to promote every voice within the company – getting people happy about what they’re doing and excited about their potential and growth at IF.”

“For the past 26 years, Imaginary Forces has pushed, pulled and prodded design, entertainment and technology to create ground-breaking moments for our partners,” said Chip Houghton, managing director and co-founder of Imaginary Forces, also in a statement. “Today we see new, gigantic opportunities to connect and engage audiences. Matthew has joined the Forces as COO to lead, streamline, and execute the studio’s vision of what we believe is possible.”

Barish holds a B.A. in History from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from University of Oregon – Charles H. Lundquist College of Business.

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