SALEM, MA -- The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) announces the appointment of Derek O’Brien as Director of Creative Services. Previously Associate Creative Director at the global marketing agency DigitasLBi, O’Brien brings a deep knowledge of digital marketing, design and communications to his post at the museum where he leads the design, advertising, editorial and photography teams. With over ten years of full service advertising experience, O’Brien has helped create award-winning campaigns for Bank of America, Lenovo, Keurig, Reebok, National Grid and many other organizations.

“Derek brings an unique skill set to PEM where he will help shape and guide the visual identity of the museum across print and digital platforms,” says Jay Finney, PEM’s Chief Marketing Officer. “With a passion for mission driven communications and a flare for creating dynamic campaigns, Derek is a natural fit for PEM whose brand celebrates wonder, surprise, delight and transformational experiences.”  

Prior to his professional career, O’Brien studied at UMass Lowell, where he received his B.A. in Fine Arts. He is also a veteran who served in the Army National Guard from 1999 to 2008, and was on active duty from 2001 to 2004, which included deployment to Iraq. In recent years, O’Brien has volunteered his time and talent with Home Base, a non-profit dedicated to helping post-9/11 service members, veterans and their families heal from the Invisible Wounds of War.

PHOTO: Peabody Essex Museum / Kathy Tarantola


Over the last 20 years, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has distinguished itself as one of the fastest-growing art museums in North America. Founded in 1799, it is also the country’s oldest continuously operating museum. At its heart is a mission to enrich and transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present and underscore the vital importance of creative expression. The museum's collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time -- including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photographs, maritime art and history, Native American, Oceanic and African art. PEM's campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities and performance spaces. Twenty-four noted historic structures grace PEM’s campus, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house that is the only such example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States, and the Phillips Library, which holds one of the nation’s most important museum-based collections of rare books and manuscripts. HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am-5 pm, and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $20; seniors $17; students $12. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang. INFO: Call 866?745?1876 or visit

PR Contacts:

Whitney Van Dyke  -  Director of Communications  -  978-542-1828  -

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