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Thursday Odds and Ends

-M&C Saatchi LA has nabbed global social media duties for UGG Australia, with M&C Saatchi Share, the agency’s social/digital/content arm.

-London/New York-based VFX/creative solutions company Framestore has welcomed Sophie Thiellon as executive producer of  live action out of its NYC office. In addition, the company hired Lauren Merritt as new business manager in New York and Ashley Ford as business as business development/integrated advertising exec in the recently opened Los Angeles branch.

-MRY is reportedly taking on the role of lead agency for AT&T’s don’t text while driving -themed “It Can Wait” campaign. The agency beat out the likes of incumbent BBDO and Carrot Creative for the assignment. link

-The Morgan Spurlock-founded production company Warpaint signed director Paul Stone for commercial representation.

-Guy Wieynk, formerly AKQA VP/international, has joined Publicis Worldwide as U.K. CEO. As you’d expect, he’ll be based in London. link

-The folks at ADC continue rolling out installments of their Portfolio Night All-Stars video series. Check out episode 4 above (featuring AKQA CCO Rei Inamoto) and look for the fifth and final episode tomorrow.

-Former AKQA London creative director Robert Thomsen has joined up with Copenhagen-based shop, Spring/Summer, in the same role.

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Thursday Morning Stir


-Five-year-old U.K. agency Grape Digital has relaunched as Krowd. In addition to the rebranding, the agency has hired Dan Holt from Analog Folk Sydney as senior planner, Viral Factory alum Alex Micu as content developer and ex-Mindshare Invention producer, Sanjit Deb.

-Minneapolis-based advertising agency Clarity Coverdale Fury announced today that Rob Rankin has been named president/CEO.

-15-year AKQA vet/VP international Guy Wieynk has parted ways with the agency. link

-WPP-owned branding/strategic design agency Brand Union has developed a new product for the young’uns dubbed Slammers as part of an effort for organic baby food product, Baby Gourmet (example above). link

-Here’s an infographic that shows how women are “dominating” the biggest social media sites. link

-Twitter has invested in, yes, log cabins as part of its Silicon Valley cafeteria. link

AKQA On a Promotion Spree?

Over the last hour, a couple of tipsters have sent us what appears to be a brief memo sent from AKQA founder Ajaz Ahmed to staff regarding a slew of new promotions across the board from San Francisco to Amsterdam. We’re checking with the newly christened WPP agency to get some verification on the matter, but you can see the note verbatim for yourself below of what the new leadership looks like at the digital network.


In recognition of their contribution to our clients and company, I’m delighted to announce a number of promotions that are effective immediately.

Please join me in congratulating the team:

- Guy Wieynk promoted to Vice President, International
- Stuart Sproule promoted to Managing Director, International Operations & Talent
- Simon Jefferson promoted to Managing Director, San Francisco
- Erik Rogstad promoted to Managing Director, Washington DC
- Scott Symonds promoted to Managing Director, Media
- Matthew Bain promoted to Managing Director, Amsterdam

These promotions give us more agility, organisation and focus as we work together to unlock the tremendous opportunities ahead.

With thanks and best wishes,

Let’s give you a little background on a few of these folks if you need. Wieynk has served as AKQA European MD and was tasked with leading the newly opened Paris office at the beginning of the year. Symonds has been with AKQA for five years, joining from and Sproule has had an 11-year run at AKQA, most recently serving as MD for the San Francisco and Shanghai offices.


AKQA Indeed Sets Up Shop in Paris

Well, it certainly didn’t take long for AKQA to build a presence in the City of Light, as the agency has announced that it’s now officially opened its doors in Paris with Nike France as its founding client. The new office, which will be based in central Paris’s Latin Quarter and is the eighth in the AKQA network if you’re keeping score, will be led by European managing director Guy Wieynk, creative director Peter Lund and ACDs Nicolai Smith and Julien Veillon. The staff count currently stands at 10, though AKQA hopes to add another 40 in Paris by year’s end.