DES PLAINES, IL--(Marketwire - November 11, 2010) - Schawk, Inc. (
David A. Schawk, president and chief executive officer, stated, "Ray's experience managing change across disciplines, continents and stakeholders while inspiring employees to excel and grow business makes him a welcome addition to our management team." Added Schawk, "Ray will lead our European operations, collaborating with our business leaders in North America and Asia Pacific, uniting and aligning our competencies to enhance our delivery of brand point management in Europe."
Kieser, who has played an influential role in the European and South African advertising communities, comes to Schawk with over 10 years of senior leadership experience at leading global advertising agencies in those regions. His background includes leadership positions at J. Walter Thompson (JWT) in London and Cape Town; FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding) South Africa and The Jupiter Drawing Room. Kieser most recently was with JWT London where he served as global director in charge, providing business leadership for Royal Dutch Shell's corporate and recruitment communications across WPP agencies.
While at JWT London, Kieser directed agency network management in over 140 countries with a focus on 35 key markets within Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. During his tenure as managing director at JWT Cape Town, Kieser helped transform the company into a hub of creativity for the JWT (EMEA) Europe, Middle East and Africa network with solid financial and new business growth. At The Jupiter Drawing Room he led the agency account management and digital disciplines and founded Jupiter New Media.
"I have seen firsthand how integrated thinking can totally transform a business. Much of my career has been built on driving and initiating change and understanding through collaboration on how to create big ideas and integrate them across brand touchpoints to add value to a client's marketing spend," said Kieser. "I look forward to working with my new colleagues to help maximize the value of Schawk's unique offering."
Raymond Kieser holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in economics, marketing and psychology from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Schawk, Inc. is a leading provider of brand point management services, enabling companies of all sizes to connect their brands with consumers to create deeper brand affinity. With a global footprint of more than 40 offices, Schawk helps companies create compelling and consistent brand experiences by providing integrated strategic, creative and executional services across brand touch points. Founded in 1953, Schawk is trusted by many of the world's leading organizations to help them achieve global brand consistency. For more information about Schawk, visit http://www.schawk.com. Follow Schawk on http://www.brandsquare.com and http://twitter.com/BrandSquare.
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