Just five months ago, Colleen DeCourcy (for over 9 years Global Executive Creative Director at Wieden + Kennedy and during the latest 3 years co-President and Chief Creative Officer of the agency) announced she was retiring from the advertising sector, but it seems that veteran glories can’t help saying yes to new adventures and challenges.
She, not only will not get retired, but she is joining Snap Inc. as Chief Creative Officer.
“Yep, I know…but this was just too compelling to me. We need better, healthier tools for social engagement via technology. I honestly believe Snap has the values to provide them. Still not working in advertising,” said the second women to be presented with the Lion of St. Mark ever in the history of Cannes Lions, through a tweet confirming the news and explaning the reason why she joins the social tech company.
Further than responsible for a golden creative epoche at Wieden+Kennedy
DeCourcy first joined Wieden+Kennedy as global executive creative director in 2013 and announced her retirement from the agency and the advertising industry in 2021.
She has spent her career leading innovative companies and advocating for a more equitable industry. Decourcy was named one of Fast Company magazine’s Most Creative People in Business, honoured with the Fearless Voices award by the organisation She Runs It, and in 2019 was selected as the creative leader of the decade by AdWeek magazine.
Since 2013, Wieden+Kennedy and its network of global offices has amassed 149 Lions at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, one of W+K’s most successful eras. This includes five Grands Prix: four for W+K’s seminal creative work with Nike, including the epic ‘Nothing Beats a Londoner’ campaign by Wieden+Kennedy London, winning the inaugural Social & Influencer Lions Grand Prix in 2018; and in 2020/21 Nike’s lauded ‘You Can’t Stop Us’ by Wieden+Kennedy Portland, was awarded a highly coveted Film Lions Grand Prix.