AKHIA hires new Creative Director to add depth to agency’s branding power

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With more than 30 years experience in senior creative roles, which included time with JWT/Action (Malone) Advertising as creative director Chris Jackson (CJ) has joined AKHIA as creative director.

She will manage AKHIA’s fast growing eight-person design team and lead all branding efforts with the overall goal of delivering creative that is as strategically smart as it is visually appealing.

“We are extremely fortunate to have CJ join AKHIA at such an exciting time. She is respected and revered in our industry and allows us to provide companies with a truly integrated and balanced strategy,” said Ben Brugler, AKHIA Executive Vice President. “We have grown by demonstrating that we will do whatever it takes to learn our clients’ business; applying that to a fully integrated voice and vision. We look forward to the impact I know CJ will have on our approach.”

To manage the growth stemming from this new creative direction AKHIA has added five people to its creative team. Nick Phaler joins as senior art director as does Matt Rumer. Linda Fantone becomes an art director while Isabelle Jones joins as a copywriter and concept developer. Brianna Kelly joins as a designer.

Niki Forner was promoted from designer to associate art director, having been with AKHIA since 2009.

Ben Brugler commented, “AKHIA has always been about attracting the best and brightest talent in the area and creating an environment for them to thrive. Our design team is the best I’ve seen. Together our creative team has made an immediate impact on our clients. Combined with our account teams and our reputation for unmatched service, it’s really just the beginning.”

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