ROKKAN is pleased to announce its expansion into two new markets, Chicago and Los Angeles, in addition to the arrival of industry veteran Brian Carley, who has rejoined the organization as executive creative director. Carley brings with him more than 14 years of deep creative expertise, and will be responsible for overseeing, scaling, and guiding ROKKAN’s creative output and direction across its diverse client roster. He will be based in the company’s New York headquarters and report to chief creative officer and managing partner, Charles Bae.
Carley joins ROKKAN after serving as SVP and executive creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi, where he worked across multiple disciplines on a number of award-winning campaigns and new business initiatives. Under Carley’s creative leadership, the agency’s New York office launched a number of multi-faceted campaigns, from large-scale television productions to digital & mobile applications and everything in between. He was also instrumental in many of their new business wins. His clients included Lenovo, Trident, P&G, Novartis, General Mills, Slipknot, and several others. His work has been heavily awarded including honors from Cannes Cyber Lions, One Show Interactive, FWA, The Webbys, and The CLIOs. Prior to Saatchi, Carley spent two years as a creative director at ROKKAN and held the same position previously at JWT. He has also spent time with Organic and Hyphen.
“We know Brian well and have always admired his talent as a creative,” said Charles Bae. “His experience and ability to lead across mediums while also being a natural cultural fit for the agency made the decision to reconnect with him an easy one. We’re glad to have him back at this exciting time for our agency.”
ROKKAN’s expansion to Chicago and Los Angeles comes on the heels of a breakthrough year in which the shop became part of the Publicis Groupe family and added a number of new brands to its roster in addition to significant organic growth amongst its current clients. The agency also increased overall revenue and headcount by 52% and 96% respectively in 2012.
The Chicago and Los Angeles markets are natural progressions for the shop given the geographic location of several of its clients and the agency’s deep expertise in CPG, gaming & entertainment, travel, and e-commerce. ROKKAN will source local talent in addition to leveraging and relocating existing staff in each of these locations as needed. ROKKAN Chicago will be located at 35 West Wacker Drive in the renowned Chicago Loop and ROKKAN Los Angeles at 6500 Wilshire Blvd on the city’s famed Miracle Mile.
“This is most certainly a year of growth for us following our joining Publicis late last year. We have both domestic and international clients and this is just the first step in scaling to better serve our existing partners as well as establishing new relationships in these markets and beyond. We are thrilled about this expansion and look forward to sharing more great news in the near future,” said John Noe, CEO/managing partner, and Chung Ng, CXO/managing partner.
ROKKAN continues to strengthen its core capabilities in digital while expanding upon its offerings across business strategy & innovation, mobile, social, and analytics. Their growing client roster now includes JetBlue Airways, Chipotle, Caesars Entertainment Group, DISH Network, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Sharp Electronics, Stolichnaya Vodka, and Bethesda, among others.
ROKKAN is a modern agency born from digital, delivering strategy and execution for a rapidly changing, constantly connected world. Borrowing its name from the Japanese word for intuition, or “the sixth sense,” the agency works with some of the largest brands in the world to solve their most critical business challenges. Founded in 2000, ROKKAN has grown from a three-person startup into a heavily awarded member of the Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris: FR0000130577] family, housing some of the most innovative talent in the industry. With a unique and nimble approach focusing on the combination of strategy, creative, and technology, ROKKAN’s not your ordinary digital agency. Check us out on Facebook and Instagram, tweet at @ROKKANmedia, or connect on LinkedIn.