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Company Overview of AKQA Inc.

Company Overview

AKQA Inc. ideates, designs, and delivers iconic digital products and services. It offers services in the areas of social media, data science, engineering, and business transformation and commerce. The company was founded in 1990 and is based in San Francisco, California. It also has operations in Atlanta, Georgia; New York, New York; Portland, Oregon; Washington, District of Columbia; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Gothenburg, Sweden; Gurgaon, India; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France; São Paulo, Brazil; Shanghai, China; and Tokyo, Japan. As of July 26, 2012, AKQA Inc. operates as a subsidiary of WPP plc.

360 Third Street

5th floor

San Francisco, CA 94107

United States

Founded in 1990





Key Executives for AKQA Inc.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 60
Managing Director and Head of Business Development & Marketing
Chief Creative Officer, Head of New York Office and Vice President
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

AKQA Inc. Key Developments

AKQA Announces the Appointment of Kirsten Haitz as Executive Analytics Director

AKQA announced the appointment of Kirsten Haitz as the Executive Analytics Director to lead the growing Analytics and Data Science practice out of AKQA’s San Francisco studio. This expansion will help the Data team evolve the ability to deliver highly sophisticated solutions to complex and challenging client requirements. Kirsten will report directly into Michael Andrew, General Manager of Data Science in AKQA’s London studio. Kirsten joins AKQA with over 20 years of analytics and strategy experience at top companies such as Walmart, Levi’s, Gap, PwC, and as an industry expert for Emissary, a Google-backed startup. Kirsten is also a board member of 4-Tell which is a Smart Commerce Platform that provides the intelligence, tools and automation to drive collaboration, merchandising efficiency, customer loyalty and profitability for merchants.

AKQA Appoints Umberto Basso as Managing Director in Italy

Umberto Basso has been appointed as Managing Director of AKQA in Italy. Prior to this role, Umberto was Head of Emerging Technology at AKQA, and will now report into Matthew Bain, International Managing Director. Umberto will oversee AKQA offices in Venice, Milan, Florence and Rome. His primary responsibilities will be to complete the integration of H-ART into AKQA, and to lead the team in creating remarkable work in a creative and progressive culture. Massimiliano Ventimiglia continues in his combined roles as Chairman of AKQA in Italy, Chief Digital Officer of WPP Italia and executive board member of GroupM Italia.

AKQA Inc. Appoints Gavin Mcleod as Executive Creative Director to its San Francisco Office

AKQA Inc. announced the appointment of Gavin McLeod as Executive Creative Director of AKQA’s San Francisco office. Gavin will lead the creative discipline within the San Francisco office and joins the Executive Leadership Team, reporting directly to Simon Jefferson, Managing Director of AKQA’s San Francisco office. With over 20 years of experience in fostering creative and collaborative cultures, Gavin joins AKQA after many successful years in Sydney. He has held multiple creative positions, where he has developed and implemented work recognized over the years by Cannes Lions, Clios, D&AD, Effies, One Show, and Spikes Asia.

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