D&AD Marks 60th by Naming Former Made CCO Jo Jackson as CEO

Jackson will be supported by new president Richard Brim and vp Jack Renwick

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While celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, global creative organization D&AD has named Jo Jackson, former chief creative officer for furniture retailer Made.com, as its chief executive.

Jackson will be charged with furthering the organization’s digital strategy and education programs to support and grow the global creative community for the future.

She spent over three-and-a-half years at Made.com before leaving to focus on her own business and the women-led London pub The Flowerhouse, which Jackson co-founded last year. Prior to Made.com, Jackson was with Diesel as its global head of content and creative services and ran creative agency Protein before that.

In a statement, Jackson said of creative education that “there is a lot more to it than just learning your craft,” adding that when she graduated, there was little support for emerging creatives.  

“We jumped out into the industry and it was sink or swim,” she continued. “A lot of things have changed since then to help creative people go out into the world with confidence, but it’s organizations like D&AD that play a pivotal role in plugging these gaps.”

Also taking on new roles within the organization will be Richard Brim, chief creative officer at Adam&EveDDB, as D&AD’s new president for the next year. He is succeeding dean of academic programs at Central Saint Martins, Rebecca Wright. Meanwhile, Jack Renwick, the founder and creative director at Jack Renwick Studio, will become deputy president and automatically succeed the presidency in the next year.  

On the appointment of Jackson, chairman and former CEO at D&AD Tim Lindsay commented: “We couldn’t be more delighted to make this important appointment. Jo’s experience, entrepreneurialism, energy and creativity are exactly what D&AD needs right now, to augment the considerable skills and experience of the senior team and to take us on the next stage of our journey. The organization will thrive under her leadership.”

The organization has not had a chief executive since 2020 when Patrick Burgoyne left after only seven months, due to necessary cost-cutting measures at the time as Covid-19 impacted the world.