Moves & changes – design industry news

Moves, changes and appointments happening across the design industry.

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International brand consultancy Honest has appointed Dan Buckingham as its global service design director. Buckingham was previously head of Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses and Virgin Holidays.

London-based design studio Curios has promoted Nikki Cunningham from strategy director to managing director, where she will oversee studio projects ranging from retail to technology.

Superunion has appointed Mick McConnell as CEO of its North America decision. McConnell – previously head of innovation at WeWork – will lead Superunion’s New York office on work with clients such as NASA.

International consultancy Landor & Fitch has appointed Amal Atallah as general manager of its London office. Atallah has previously worked at Landor & Fitch’s Dubai office and has experience with PepsiCo and Nestlé.

Amal Atallah

John Sulzmann has joined printing company CMYUK in the new role of sustainability materials specification, where he will advise designers and architects about high-performance eco materials. Sulzmann was previously co-founder and director at design studio Artworks.

Manchester-based agency Creative Spark has appointed Alex Browne as its new digital strategist and senior account manager. She will lead the expansion of the studio’s digital department.


Consultancies

The Uniform team

Liverpool-based design studio Uniform has divided into three businesses, headed up by the newly formed Uniform Group. Brand consultancy Continuous will work with clients such as Primark while Somewhere will focus on property-related projects. Stephen Ardern and Tim Sharp will lead Continuous while Uniform founder Nick Bentley and Laurie Jones will lead Somewhere.

BrandOpus

International brand consultancy BrandOpus has become an employee owned trust, following the sale of partner shares to employees. The move will allow employees to have a greater say in the company’s trajectory and benefit from tax-free bonuses, according to BrandOpus.

Interbrand has launched a dedicated inclusive design branch at its London office which aims to provide a better brand experience for people with disabilities. The Interbrand Inclusive Design practice will be led by Marianne Waite, founder of inclusive collective Think Designable.

Engineering and design company Arup has announced a new hybrid work model which allows its 6,000 UK employees to work flexibly and spread their hours over the full week, from Monday to Sunday. Working remotely has also become a permanent option for employees.


Email henry.wong@xeim.com if there have been any moves and changes at your consultancy.

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