Johnny Budden has been promoted to Executive Creative Director of London and Sweden studios at AKQA

Having spent nearly a decade with digital agency, AKQA, Johnny Budden’s roles have spanned from Artistic Director to Group Creative Director. Subsequently, he has played a vital role in cultivating the creative strategies of the world’s best brands.

In his new position, working alongside Map and Universal, Budden’s work will unite physical and digital worlds to enhance lives across service, product, architecture and commerce.

Previously, Johnny has been responsible for launching the Paris studio of AKQA and has worked with clients such as Red Bull, Nike, Hermés, Dior and Chanel. Prior to this, he led all creative activities at AKQA’s New York studio for major brands such as Nike, NBA, Beats by Dr Dre, Maybelline, Converse and Charity Water.

For over ten years, NIKE has been one of his major clients. He has partnered with the company across all categories; which included the launch of Nike Connect, Nike NBA Connected Jersey, Nike Sportswear and working on the vision of Nike Direct and Digital Innovation.

In 2018, he opened up the company’s studio in Los Angeles with Beats by Dr Dre’s as a founding client and established major partnerships with both the NBA and NFL.

On his new role, Budden said: “I’m beyond excited to continue with this incredible team to deliver best-in-class work with true, meaningful results.

“We have a civic responsibility to put some of the world’s wrongs right. Together with AKQA partners, such as Map and Universal, we are able to amplify our clients’ purpose and have a positive impact on the environment and society in ways the world hasn’t seen before.”

Nike is a winner at the World Branding Awards. To learn more about the World Branding Awards, click here.

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