AKQA set to open Berlin office

AKQA will open a new office in Berlin as part of ‘a global growth plan’, according to chief executive Tom Bedecarre.

A Europe-wide recruitment drive is in motion to bring in creative strategic and technical staff, who will take over from an ‘advance team’ of UK employees working in a temporary space. Doors will open in a permanent space in March.

AKQA European managing director Guy Wieynk will launch the new office and is looking to appoint someone to head it up on a full-time basis.

The digital group will continue work with existing client Nokia in Berlin, where it will develop ‘key applications’ for Nokia’s mobile Internet platform Ovi.

AKQA chairman Ajaz Ahmed says ‘global client relationships’ will be developed in Germany, and that the consultancy plans to work with ‘local talent’.

AKQA outposts were opened in Amsterdam in 2006 and Shanghai in 2007, making the Berlin office the consultancy’s seventh globally.

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