TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Juniper Park\TBWA CEO Jill Nykoliation announced today that the agency has hired Graham Lang as Chief Creative Officer. Lang, who joins from Y&R South Africa, will lead the agency's creative output, as well as partner with Nykoliation and the agency's leadership team to further grow the business across North America. In addition to his duties at Juniper Park\TBWA, Lang will also join TBWA's Global Creative Core, an elite group of creative leaders from across the TBWA collective, responsible for executing its Disruption® ethos across the entire company.
"Our clients and employees want and deserve the very best," said Nykoliation. "They want to be inspired every day with breakthrough ideas that will help transform their businesses and their careers. It's time to disrupt ourselves. Graham brings internationally acclaimed talent, rigor, and incredible leadership. He's raised the bar of every agency he's led. His work has helped brands find new ways to grow. Whether you're one of our team members or our client, it's an exciting time to be at Juniper Park."
Lang has been awarded more than 30 Cannes Lions, 18 D&AD Pencils, and has served on juries for The One Show, Cannes Lions and D&AD. Overseeing six offices as Chief Creative Officer for Y&R South Africa and Africa, he led Y&R to be the most awarded network in Africa at Cannes Lions 2017, with a total of eight Lions from the region. Under his leadership, Y&R Cape Town was honored as the AdFocus Agency of the Year in 2015, and Y&R Nairobi won Kenya's first ever Cannes Lion the same year. During his time in Africa, he led the resurgence of the network, including major business wins, including Land Rover, Jaguar, Skyy Vodka, Amstel Lager, Investec, Lipton, and Telkom.
Prior to his leadership roles in Africa, Lang produced award-winning work on local and global campaigns as Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi London from 2003 to 2008, where he helped pitch and win the global Dewar's and Sony Eriksson business. He then moved to RKCR/Y&R London until 2011 as the Global ECD on Land Rover, where he led the brand to be amongst the top 5 most awarded brands of 2010.
Lang began his career at The Jupiter Drawing Room in Cape Town as an Art Director, where he won a host of local and international awards, including one of the country's first ever Silver Pencils at D&AD.
Lang was selected through a global talent search led by Nykoliation and Chris Garbutt, Chief Creative Officer, TBWA Worldwide.
"Since its inception, Juniper Park has been a global agency, in a global city, working with global clients. So we removed borders from our search as well. I said to Chris, 'Who are the stars around the globe that we wish were in our collective?' That's the bar we set for ourselves," added Nykoliation.
"Bringing Graham on board is part of our quest to raise the creative standard and disrupt creative conventions across the globe," added Chris Garbutt, Chief Creative Officer, TBWA Worldwide. "The world needs creative solutions now more than ever and Graham is the kind of talent who can bring big ideas and iconic work to clients and make them a reality. Graham, Jill and the team in Toronto are poised to push Juniper Park\TBWA and its clients into a class of its own."
"I am honored for the opportunity to join an already strong office that is hungry to lift itself even further," said Lang. "I love working in and with different cultures, which is why I resonate with the agency's global mindset. It has a borderless ethos and has the ability to work on business anywhere. I have long admired the work from TBWA so I am excited to learn from and collaborate with some true legends of the game. Most of all I am excited to be working with Jill and her incredibly diverse and talented team in Toronto."
Since its inception 10 years ago, Toronto-based Juniper Park\TBWA's client roster has defied borders, with its first client based in Dallas, followed by clients stretching across New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and across Canada. Today, the agency works with brands across North America, with a client roster split between Canadian and U.S. brands, including Nissan, CIBC, eos, Capital Group, Pfizer, GoDaddy, NFL, Vogue International, Virgin Mobile, among others. It is one of three full-service North American offices for TBWA. The diversity of the agency's leadership team reflects the company's borderless mindset, with its executive team hailing from Toronto, Paris, London and now South Africa.
TBWA\Worldwide (http://www.tbwa.com) is a top-ten ranked global advertising collective that holds Disruption® at its core to develop business-changing ideas for brands. TBWA has 11,300 employees across 305 offices in 98 countries and also includes brands such as Auditoire, Digital Arts Network (DAN), eg+ worldwide, The Integer Group®, TBWA\Media Arts Lab and TBWA\WorldHealth. TBWA's global clients include adidas, Apple, Gatorade, Henkel, McDonald's, Michelin, Nissan, Pernod Ricard, Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore Airlines, Sotheby's and Vichy. Follow TBWA on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook.
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Juniper Park\TBWA is The Disruption® Company: the cultural engine for 21st century business. Juniper Park\TBWA uses Disruption® methodologies to develop business-changing and culture-defining ideas for brands. The 140+ team is located in Toronto, with clients across Canada and the U.S. including CIBC, Nissan, Pfizer, Apple, GoDaddy, Capital Group, Virgin Mobile, eos, The Source, PepsiCo and Petro-Canada. It is part of TBWA, a top-ten ranked global advertising & design collective.
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