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MRM//McCann Japan creates ECD role and hires Kazz Ishihara

MRM//McCann Japan has appointed Kazz Ishihara to the newly created post of executive creative director.

He moves from Beacon Communications in New York where he was creative director. Ishihara has previously worked at R/GA.

The announcement:

MRM//McCann (MRM Worldwide Inc. in Japan announced the strengthening of its creative team with the new hire of Kazz Ishihara, a globally-recognised, multi award-winning creative as Executive Creative Director of MRM//McCann in Japan, a newly created post effective February 1.  

Kazz joins MRM//McCann Japan with more than 20 years of experience in building clients’ businesses with innovative and creative solutions in the U.S. and in Japan.

He was previously Creative Director at Beacon Communications where he led the Nike creative work for six years, before taking on one the most prestigious Asian brands in cosmetics, SKII. Before that he was Art / Motion Director at R/GA New York for four years, working on global brands such as NIKE LAB, Verizon and Johnson & Johnson.

Kazz has won a Gold Cyber Cannes Lion as well as numerous other awards at top shows including, Cannes, Webby, Clio, One Show, London International, AdFest and Spikes.

“I’m super excited to be joining MRM//McCann to help accelerate the change to make our world full of creativity. I believe our job is to help brands stay connected with their customers in an ever-changing world. I love digging deep, finding meaningful insights and then figuring out the best possible way to express them”, said Kazz Ishihara.

Caspar Ouvaroff, Representative Director and President of MRM//McCann in Japan said, “I am delighted to have Kazz onboard. His experience and award winning track record will be invaluable in fueling our continued creative evolution along with elevating MRM//McCann’s commitment to innovation and technology in today’s highly digital and data driven world.”

Alex Lopez, Chief Creative Officer of McCann Worldgroup Japan said, “I am so excited that Kazz is joining us as we continue our commitment on creativity as the core of everything we do. Not only will Kazz be an asset to building MRM//McCann’s creative reputation but also McCann Worldgroup Japan’s reputation as we work more closely with each of the creative leads to raise the bar within the network.

Source: McCann Worldgroup press release

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