AKQA Promotes Three to ECD Roles

By Erik Oster 

AKQA promoted three group creative directors — Masaya Nakade, Jason McCann and Sung Chang — to roles as executive creative directors, The Drum reports.

Nakade joined AKQA London back in 2004, eventually working up to the group creative director role. McCann joined the agency’s New York office in November of 2011, following a six year stint at TAXI Toronto, where he served as vice president and executive creative director. Prior to joining TAXI, he spent six years at ICE Integrated Communications & Entertainment as an associate creative director.

An eighteen year veteran in the advertising, digital and design sector, Chang joined AKQA New York in June of 2012, following an almost five year stint at Ogilvy & Mather as an executive creative director and senior partner. Prior to that, he was a senior partner and group creative director at OgilvyOne following his departure from contempt, “a small agency specializing in branding, design, marketing and technology” which he co-founded and served as a partner.

“With the tremendous growth that we’ve had in our New York office in the last couple of years as well as stronger partnerships with various clients such as Verizon, the promotions of Jason and Sung are an obvious recognition,” AKQA chief creative officer Rei Inamoto told The Drum. “They will be taking even greater leadership duties in New York and beyond in the coming months.”