Byravee Iyer
Mar 11, 2014

Former Twitter brand head flies to AKQA Japan as MD

TOKYO - Masaki Hamura has joined AKQA Tokyo as managing director to help boost the agency’s client portfolio, the company said.

Masaki Hamura
Masaki Hamura

Hamura left Twitter, where he was head of brand strategy for East Asia, to join the digital agency. He has also worked at Google Japan as head of sales strategy and operations, and was general manager of the iPhone business promotion office at Softbank Mobile.

Hamura’s digital strategy background clinched the role, said Ajaz Ahmed, AKQA’s founder and CEO.

AKQA launched operations in Tokyo, the firm’s 11th office worldwide, in 2012, with Nike and Nissan as founding clients. In the same year, WPP picked up a majority stake in the agency in a deal valued at $582 million.

UK-based entrepreneur Ahmed started the company in 2001. Today it has offices in London, New York, Washington DC, Shanghai, Berlin, Tokyo, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Atlanta and Amsterdam. 

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