Imagination appoints new Global Innovation Director

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Global experience agency Imagination has appointed Stephen Van Elst to the role of Global Innovation Director for its relationship with Ford Motor Company and Creative Director in Imagination’s Immersive Studio.

Van Elst returns to Imagination after a 16-year absence, having originally launched his career in Imagination’s London studio in 2000, leading teams in London, New York, and Detroit.

Carving out an illustrious international career, Van Elst has created award-winning work for some of the world's leading brands including Ford, Nissan, Cisco, Nike, Pepsi and the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  

Imagination said that the appointment was proof of Imagination’s continued commitment to creatively-led, technology-enabled storytelling.

"Stephen has a proven track record of creating and delivering world-class experiences”, said Alistair Wilson, Global Lead for Ford at Imagination. 

“His deep understanding of emerging technologies and creative storytelling is second to none. We’re thrilled to have him back in the Imagination family.” 

Commenting on his return to the company, Van Elst said: “Imagination has always been at the forefront of experience, producing truly jaw-dropping, thought-provoking work. 

“I am super excited to join their ambitious and diverse team to push what is possible and inspire the next generation of experiences”.

Patrick Reid, CEO of the Imagination Group said, “Stephen’s return to Imagination demonstrates our continued focus and investment to think beyond convention and our commitment to create ground breaking experiences which transform behaviour.”  

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