PJ Pereira, President of the of 2005 Cyber Lions jury for the Cannes International Advertising Festival, has joined AKQA as Executive Creative Director.

PJ was formerly the Vice President and Creative Director of AgênciaClick, the largest Internet agency in Brazil. He has over 16 years of experience in the interactive marketing and advertising industry with 35 international awards in the past seven years including 13 Cyber Lions, a Cyber Lion Grand Prix, 8 One Show Pencils, 1 Grand Prix and 5 Golds at the London International Advertising Festival.

“PJ is the leading interactive creative director and agency entrepreneur from Latin America and we are thrilled that he will be joining AKQA’s creative team,” said Tom Bedecarre, CEO of AKQA. “His extensive international experience and creative insight will be an enormous asset for our clients and the work.”

“AKQA has some of the best creative talent in the world and it is an honour to be part of this team,” said Pereira. “With the current team, and the new talent we’ll hire, our goal is to create original, effective, memorable work.”

Pereira, a Brazilian native, is widely accepted in the global creative community as a visionary. At AgênciaClick, he lead two different creative teams, headed by local creative directors and divided into design, online advertising and information architecture groups. His agency was twice recognized as Agency of the Year by iBest, Brazil’s most prominent interactive competition.

Three of the world’s most acclaimed creative directors have joined AKQA in the past 90 days: Lars Bastholm from Framfab, Rei Inamoto from R/GA and PJ Pereira from AgênciaClick join award-winning Executive Creative Directors from AKQA's London office, James Hilton and Daniel Bonner. These five form the agency’s global creative council.

About AKQA:
A recognised pioneer and innovator, AKQA provides integrated marketing, customer services, digital product design and e-commerce solutions. An independent agency, AKQA has offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC and Singapore. www.akqa.com

Published on: 12:00AM on 18th January 2005