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ACD Dan Peters Leaves SapientNitro for AKQA

akqaA quick update to our post last week on ECD John Carstensdeparture from SapientNitro Chicago: it seems that ACD Dan Peters left the agency at approximately the same time.

Following a West Coast relocation, Peters now fills the same role at AKQA San Francisco.

While the agency has yet to comment, Peters’ LinkedIn page has him leaving Sapient earlier this month after serving as ACD for two and a half years and working on campaigns for clients Harley Davidson, McDonald’s, Dodge and others.

We know him primarily for sending us pics of Sapient’s then-new Chicago digs back in August 2012. We also note that his departure follows that of fellow ACD Jordan Polonsky, who now serves as creative director at Chicago-based mobile app development company Eight Bit Studios.

Updates when we get them.

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Future Lions Winners Bring Social Justice Through Advertising

Today, as part of the 58th Cannes Lions fest in France,  AKQA announced the 2011 winners of its 6th annual Future Lions competition (watch winning films here).

The competition invited students (in any field) over the age of eighteen to submit campaigns that “advertise a product from a global brand in a way that couldn’t have been one five years ago, to an audience of your choosing.” When we think “global brand,” we tend to think big fish like Nike and and McDonald’s. After all, coming up with unprecedented ways to sell expensive sneakers or artery-clogging burgers is exceedingly difficult. What’s most inspiring about the Future Lions competition, is how the top contestants gravitate towards campaigns that aren’t just innovative for their use of the chosen brand, but also have a social conscience and the capacity to actually…er…well, for lack of a better term, change the world.
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