BOSTON – August 1, 2013 – SapientNitro, part of Sapient (NASDAQ: SAPE), today announced the appointment of Gary Koepke as chief creative officer, North America, effective immediately. In this role, Koepke will provide creative leadership across North America, working with the senior creative team and business leadership to drive SapientNitro’s continued growth as an innovative storyteller for an always-on world.
In this position, Koepke will also serve as a member of the SapientNitro Global Creative Council, a team designed to advance the agency’s focus on helping its clients create storyscapes that are woven into the human experience through various technologies and experiences. Koepke will leverage his creative acumen to further strengthen SapientNitro’s creative talent across user experience, design, advertising, brand strategy, creative technology, and emerging experience.
Since joining SapientNitro in July 2012 as global executive creative director, Koepke has led well-recognized creative work for cleints including Chrysler, Fiat and VISIT FLORIDA, the latter a recent Agency of Record win whose broadcast and digital work is now live in critical tourist source markets across the world.
“Joining SapientNitro a year ago started as an experiment and turned into a renaissance,” said Koepke. “I found in SapientNitro the disruptive spirit and focus on the future needed to truly innovate in the agency space that I thought I’d only be able to find by pursuing another start up. SapientNitro is not afraid to pioneer new approaches that cut across storytelling and technology. Our creatives like to say that ‘next’ happens here and they are right. I am humbled and honored to be considered a leader amongst this incredibly talented team.”
Koepke’s expertise as a creative visionary and master storyteller has been evident throughout his career. Prior to SapientNitro, Koepke served as chief creative officer of Modernista!, an agency he co-founded in 2000, which was recognized as a top-ten independent agency for the award-winning advertising it produced on behalf of brands such as Hummer, Cadillac, TIAA-CREF, Budweiser, GAP and Project (RED). He also opened Wieden+Kennedy’s New York office in 1999, and served as the agency’s creative director in New York, working on brands such as Coca-Cola, Nike and ESPN. In addition to his acclaimed advertising portfolio, Koepke directed music videos for U2 and David Bowie, and was the founding creative director of Vibe Magazine. His work has been presented at the DNP Gallery in Japan, which has named him one of America’s top designers.
“In one short year, Gary has made significant contributions to the evolution of SapientNitro through his involvement in our efforts to redefine storytelling for an always-on world,” said Gaston Legorburu, worldwide chief creative officer, SapientNitro. “As our chief creative officer for North America and a key member of our Global Creative Council, his wealth of experience and unique perspective will enable SapientNitro’s role as a disruptor, rapidly pioneering new means of helping clients engage today’s connected consumers for a landscape that is quite literally changing right in front of us.”
SapientNitroSM, part of Sapient® (NASDAQ: SAPE), is a new breed of agency redefining storytelling for an always-on world. We’re changing the way our clients engage today’s connected consumers by uniquely creating integrated, immersive stories across brand communications, digital engagement, and omni-channel commerce. We call it Storyscaping, where art and imagination meet the power and scale of systems thinking. SapientNitro’s unique combination of creative, brand and technology expertise results in one global team collaborating across disciplines, perspectives and continents to create game-changing success for our Global 1000 clients, such as Chrysler, Citi, The Coca-Cola Company, Lufthansa, Target, and Vodafone, in 31 cities across The Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. For more information, visit www.sapientnitro.com.