AKQA hires Zolmo's Ian Wharton as creative director

Hilton, Wharton and Ahmed

AKQA has appointed Ian Wharton from software company Zolmo as its new creative director.

As a partner in Zolmo since 2010, Wharton led the creative for the Apple Design Award-winning Jamie Oliver apps. He will now report into AKQA's co-founder and chief creative officer, James Hilton.

“Ian has a stunning portfolio that spans storytelling with digital product design," Hilton said. "He represents a new generation of creative talent."

AKQA's CEO, Ajaz Ahmed, said he had been a long-time admirer of Wharton's work.

"I’ve been a fan of Ian’s work since 2007, when I was first mesmerised by a beautiful animated film he wrote and produced with Edward Shires," Ahmed said.

"The client list, opportunities and momentum at AKQA now provide Ian with the perfect canvas to create a tremendous body of work.”

Wharton, who won a Royal Television Society Award for his animated short Solar, has previously worked at The Mill as an art director and serves as a mentor at the London School of Communication Arts. He described joining AKQA as an "honour".

He said: "I’m looking forward to the challenge of helping our clients invent the future of their businesses with ideas and innovation that will endure.”

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