Ariad Communications Hires Three, Promotes One

Toronto-based Ariad Communications announced the addition of four new members to join their team focused on bringing digital, creative and project management expertise.

Payam ShalchianRadoslav RatkovicChet LakhaniJosh MacKinnon

Payam Shalchian joins as UX lead for Ariad’s IA/UX team. Trained as an industrial designer with a degree in Interdisciplinary Design Strategy, he has had a hand in game-changing development projects for a blue-chip client list that includes GE, BMW and Unilever. Payam will work closely with Ariad’s strategy, creative, tech and content teams to create legendary user experiences.

Ariad also welcome Radoslav (Rado) Ratkovic as Senior Interactive Art Director. Rado’s work has received awards for outstanding achievement in interactive media and been recognized as a standard of excellence. In addition to his technical expertise, he holds a Masters of Fine Art designation

The latest addition to Ariad’s growing Project Management Office (PMO) team is Chet Lakhani. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he joins as Program Director and will play a key role in supporting Ariad Healthcare in fulfilling a range of increasingly complex projects.

At the same time, Ariad has bolstered its account leadership with the promotion of Josh MacKinnon to Senior Account Director. Josh has been a valued employee at Ariad for five years, for the past two years leading Ariad’s award-winning work for Knorr. He will now become one of the leads growing Ariad’s CPG business.