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Poke co-founder Iain Tait is to leave the digital agency to join Wieden+Kennedy in the US.
He’s joining Portland-based creative agency Wieden+Kennedy (W+K) after eight years at Poke, which he co-founded in 2001 with Peter Beech, Nick Farnhill, Tom Hostler, Nicolas Roope and Simon Waterfall.
It’s not yet known what role Tait – who writes the popular Crack Unit blog and was voted Most Influential Person in last year’s nma Top 100 Interactive Agencies Guide – will take on at W+K.
Tait said the move was “one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make” but that it was prompted by a re-assessment of his priorities over the past year. “Despite the tremendous support shown to me by my partners at Poke, working in London and commuting from Brighton doesn’t allow me to be the father I want to be to my daughters,” he said. “As part of my life re-assessment, I ended up having conversations with Dan Wieden about a fantastic opportunity with W+K. I went to visit and fell in love with the place, the people and the life I know I can make for my family out there”.
Roope will continue to run the creative department with creative director Emma Pueyo, who joined from DoubleYou in Barcelona in 2009. He said, “Iain has had a tremendous amount of change in his life in the last year and it’s easy to see why he wants to put his family first. He’s an amazing individual and a unique talent. We’ve always had a great relationship so it’s a real shame to see him go, but I completely understand why he has made that decision. I’m committed to continuing to develop Poke’s creative offering as I have done for the last eight years”.
Co-founder Waterfall left the agency in September 2009 with no job to go to (nma.co.uk 18 September 2009).