iris boosts senior creative team in London with two Creative Director hires and welcomes Hunter back to Europe

Grant Hunter will also be rejoining the creative network’s UK office, after a 7 year stint as regional APAC ECD

May 2017, LONDON: iris is beefing up its senior creative team in London – as it brings two new Creative Directors into the fold, and welcomes Grant Hunter back from a stint as Regional ECD in Asia.

Rachid Ahouiyek joins from McCann WorldGroup, having previously worked at Wieden & Kennedy and 72&Sunny on brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Zurich and Chevrolet. Equally obsessed with Sport, Photography and Film-Making, Rachid has also directed content for a few of those brands. Not surprisingly, he will be leading and inspiring creative teams across the agency’s adidas account, as well as other clients.

Deb Gerrard joins from Albion, with a portfolio of work including Thomas Cook’s “Pool Kid”, Compare the Market, Unilever and adidas. More recently, she was named as one of 30 Future Leaders by Creative Equals. She is tasked with bringing together teams around social, content, digital innovation and creative product to create ever more interesting and diverse campaigns for clients.

Both Rachid and Deb will report into joint ECD’s Andy Taylor and David Prideaux.

After a 7 year stint in Singapore as regional ECD (APAC) – Grant Hunter is returning to the creative network’s London team in a European ECD role. Prior to Singapore, Grant was a Creative Director in London and most notably, the lead creative on the agency’s London 2012 Olympic Mascot work and has overseen award-winning work for Diageo, adidas and Samsung in APAC.

He will be joining up with iris teams in Amsterdam and Munich and support delivery of the best creative ideas and output across all iris offices in Europe.

Grant will report to Global CCO, Shaun Mcilrath.

Shaun Mcilrath: “Rachid and Debs represent the first of wave of new senior recruits in London. We have new ECD’s in place in Amsterdam and New York. And, crucially, we’ve Grant back to oversee the output of all our agencies in Europe. This is about creating depth and breadth of quality, so it’s a really exciting time.”