Richard Stewart tapped to lead Vok Dams North America
Global event agency VOK DAMS has announced the relaunch of its U.S. office, with operations to begin in August 2018. The new office will be headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and operate under the business entity of VOK DAMS North America. Richard Stewart, formerly the agency’s Business Director for Greater China, has been named Managing Director effective immediately.
The move indicates a further strategic focus on the U.S. market by Germany’s leading agency for events and live marketing. “As a global agency, we are constantly evaluating and optimizing our offerings in each of our markets to best meet the current needs of our clients,” explained Colja Dams, Ceo, VOK DAMS Group. “We produce several events in the U.S. in any given year, and by re-starting our U.S. office we send a clear signal to our clients that we are committed to continue strengthening our family of event experts around the world.”
Stewart joined VOK DAMS in 2014 and was part of the senior management team that transformed VOK DAMS China into an award-winning full service agency, complete with a broad range of live and digital brand experience offerings. “Richard has been instrumental to our growth in China and, with nearly 20 years of previous management experience in the U.S., we know he will continue to build on his track record of strategic growth and operational excellence in this new leadership role,” said Dams. Prior to joining VOK DAMS China, Stewart served as the Client Services Director, China of a global brand experience agency and the General Manager of a boutique agency specializing in premium automotive event communications.
On his new post for VOK DAMS North America, Stewart noted: “We at VOK DAMS believe that, in today’s experience economy, live campaigns are central to the success of integrated marketing strategies. And our client know that they can depend on our repeatable expertise in agile event management, quality assurance and data protection. These are all areas that have been attracting a high level of interest from new and existing clients in the U.S., where we will operate as an agile startup agency backed by a high performing global team.”
The agency’s Philadelphia office location puts it central to several key clients, while also providing access to one of the most vibrant creative communities in the U.S. “We’re fortunate to have a number of longstanding partners in the U.S. who have a history of delivering outstanding results for our clients,” said Stewart. “We look forward to strengthening these relationships and creating new ones, starting with several planned new hires and collaborations in 2018”.