AKQA’s International Creative Lead Resigns Following Disciplinary Suspension

Duan Evans leaves after over 17 years with the agency

Evans had been international executive creative director at the agency. Medium

AKQA international executive creative director Duan Evans has resigned from the agency following a recent suspension.

“Duan Evans resigned with immediate effect during a disciplinary process and while he was suspended from the business,” an AKQA spokesperson told Adweek.

While the agency declined to elaborate beyond the statement provided, reliable sources told Adweek that Evans had been suspended several weeks prior to his official resignation. The nature of the disciplinary process cited in the agency’s statement are unclear at this time.

An AKQA spokesperson declined to specify whether Evans would receive any financial compensation as part of his resignation, adding that AKQA had no additional comment at this time, but standard practice prevents a resigning executive from receiving such severance packages.

Evans is an AKQA veteran of over 17 years, working out of the agency’s London office, and was named to his international creative leadership role in 2014. The following year, AKQA worldwide CCO Rei Inamoto left the agency. Executive creative director Masaya Nakade will lead the AKQA team in London moving forward.

WPP acquired AKQA back in 2012. Evans is not the only high-profile executive at the holding group to leave his job in recent years.

WPP remains in the midst of a lawsuit filed in early 2016 against now-former JWT CEO Gustavo Martinez by that agency’s global chief communications officer. Martinez resigned from his position at JWT in March of 2016, but appears to be leading WPP operations in Spain.

@ErikDOster erik.oster@adweek.com Erik Oster is an agencies reporter for Adweek.