Santa Monica, CA October 10, 2008 Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today the appointment of Brad Jakeman as Chief Creative Officer, who is expected to join the company in early November 2008.
In this newly-created position, Mr. Jakeman will be responsible for leading global advertising, media, marketing and consumer research for all Activision Publishing's franchises. Mr. Jakeman will report to Mike Griffith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Activision Publishing, Inc.
Prior to joining Activision, Mr. Jakeman served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing for MACY'S, Inc. where he managed advertising, brand strategy, branding and identity, creative strategy, in-store visual strategy and direct marketing for the Macy's brand nationally.
"We are very pleased to welcome Brad to our executive team as we continue to grow and expand our operations across the globe," said Griffith. "Brad's impressive track record of success leading brand strategy and creative advertising over the past 20 years, coupled with his considerable marketing experience, makes him an ideal candidate for this position. His appointment further strengthens our management team as we grow to meet the increasing demand for video games worldwide."
"I'm excited to join the talented team at Activision as the company continues to innovate and lead the marketplace, whilst strengthening its global leadership," states Mr. Jakeman. "Activision's brands are at the forefront of entertainment and popular culture today, and this opportunity is a perfect match for my creative philosophy and approach, which is to truly engage and inspire consumers in new ways delivering compelling content which people actively engage in mirroring the success of Activision's core business today."
Previously, Mr. Jakeman spent eight years as Managing Director, Global Advertising at Citigroup where he was responsible for managing brand strategy, creative development and agency partnerships for Citi's brands globally. Mr. Jakeman was responsible for Citi's highly awarded "Live Richly" advertising campaign. Prior to working at Citigroup, Mr. Jakeman's career was dominated by senior leadership roles in renowned global advertising networks such as BBDO and Ogilvy in Sydney, London and New York.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision Publishing maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision Publishing and its products can be found on the company's website, www.activision.com.
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