AKQA appoints Hideki Watanabe as CD in Tokyo

AKQA Nick Watanabe.jpgAKQA has appointed Hideki "Nick" Watanabe's as Creative Director of their Tokyo office. Reporting to Rei Inamoto, AKQA Chief Creative Officer and Vice President, Watanabe will lead their Tokyo creative team.
 
Watanabe (left) joins AKQA from Naked Communications where he was Managing Partner / Executive Creative Strategist. There he developed the global social media strategy for Uniqlo and also worked for brands including Sony, Coca-Cola Georgia, and Unicharm. Prior, Watanabe spent 10 years at Beacon Communications / Leo Burnett Tokyo as Digital / Creative Director. He has won global recognition for his work and collaborations including Cannes Lions, One Show, Spikes Asia and Tokyo Interactive Ad Awards.
 
Rei Inamoto, CCO/VP said: "Nick's background in creative strategy, together with his passion for developing excellent ideas is reflected in the global admiration and recognition for his work. I've known Nick for over five years and tried to hire him previously. We are incredibly excited to welcome Nick to our team in Tokyo".
Watanabe said: "AKQA is a company that constantly innovates to make people's lives better and easier. I am looking forward to working with, challenging and growing the incredibly talented Tokyo creative team. Together we will strive to create meaningful connections with brands and people".

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