DDB & Tribal Worldwide Amsterdam Adds Creative Duo

By Erik Oster 

DDB & Tribal Worldwide Amsterdam appointed a new creative duo: creative directors Stephen Joss and Bram Holzapfel.

Joss joined DDB & Tribal Worldwide Amsterdam in June of 2013 as a senior art director, working on accounts such as Heineken, McDonald’s, adidas, KLM and TomTom. Before joining the Amsterdam office, he served as senior integrated art director for DDB Sydney for over a year and a half. Prior to that, he spent nearly four years with George Patterson Y&R as digital art director.

Joss joins Holzapfel, who joined the agency as a creative director in January 2014 and worked on its Heineken account. Before that he served as creative director for DDB/RAPP Amsterdam for nearly a year and a half, where he worked on KLM Space. Prior to joining DDB, he spent eight months with JWT Amsterdam as a senior creative, during which time he worked on digital campaigns for ING Bank and UPC. That followed over four and a half years as a creative director with let’s be frank, an independent agency he co-founded along with ex-Publicis Dialog and Ubachs/Wisbrun managing director/strategic planner Edgar Molenaars. Before leaving to found the agency, he spent over two years with Publicis and Publicis Dialog as a creative director. Prior to that he spent two years as creative director for Publicis Amsterdam, working on the Orange account.


“In his years of working at our agency Stephen has shown that he has an exceptional mind and skill,” said  DDB & Tribal Worldwide Amsterdam executive creative director Joris Kuijpers. “We’re confident that working together with Bram as a creative duo he will solidify the agency’s position in creating great work.”

“Having been part of the DDB network for over four years now, I’ve always admired the work from the Amsterdam office; and now to be part of the agency’s leadership and direction is truly exciting,” added Joss. “Bram and I have a great complimentary partnership and specialised expertise; helping our brands navigate their way through today’s ever evolving communications landscape.”