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Imagination announces Global Innovation appointment

Imagination announces Global Innovation appointment

Global experience agency Imagination has announced the appointment of Stephen Van Elst to the role of Global Innovation Director for its relationship with Ford Motor Company and Creative Director in Imagination’s Immersive Studio.

 Van Elst returns to Imagination after a 16-year absence, having originally launched his career in Imagination’s London studio in 2000, leading teams in London, New York, and Detroit.

In carving out an illustrious international career, he has created award-winning work for some of the world’s leading brands including Ford, Nissan, Cisco, Nike, Pepsi and the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The appointment underlines Imagination’s continued commitment to creatively-led, technology-enabled storytelling.

Alistair Wilson, Global Lead for Ford at Imagination, said: “Stephen has a proven track record of creating and delivering world-class experiences. His deep understanding of emerging technologies and creative storytelling is second to none. We’re thrilled to have him back in the Imagination family.”

Commenting on his appointment, Van Elst said: “Imagination has always been at the forefront of experience, producing truly jaw-dropping, thought-provoking work. I am super excited to join its ambitious and diverse team to push what is possible and inspire the next generation of experiences.”

Patrick Reid, CEO of the Imagination Group added: “Stephen’s return to Imagination demonstrates our continued focus and investment to think beyond convention and our commitment to creating groundbreaking experiences that transform behaviour.”

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