A big move at one of the biggest creative awards shows around, the D&AD has announced that they’ve appointed Tim O’Kennedy as their new chief executive. O’Kennedy, who has worked at nearly every hot ad agency since the 1980s, including spending time working on Nike‘s launch of “Just Do It”, comes to the position from the agency Perfect Fools in Sweden. He’ll now be overseeing the entire awards, making sure that it stays up top in the business of giving creative things recognition. Here’s a bit from Brand Republic:
He said: I feel honoured to take the reins at this amazing organisation, which has always lived in my mind as the absolute reference for creativity in the communication arts. D&ADâ€™s multi-disciplinary purview is a big part of the appeal for me.”
Anthony Simonds-Gooding, the D&AD chairman, said: Tim will bring an entrepreneurial mindset and fresh thinking to D&AD, which will take the organisation into new territory. His wealth of international experience will help cement the companyâ€™s position in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.