Along with strategy and technology, Duke & Grace also puts great emphasis on creativity, something the full-service communication agency is demonstrating by bringing on board Kenny Vermeulen (former Creative Content Director at Happiness) as Creative Director. The agency is also adding extra experience to its design team with Hubertus Damme, who previously worked at TOYKYO, and Sylvie Demeestere and Barbara Boens, who are ready to accompany clients on their path to success as Creative Project Managers. These hirings will further strengthen the agency’s position in the market.
Kenny Vermeulen is joining the ranks of Duke & Grace as Creative Director effective July 1, 2021. Vermeulen is thus leaving current Agency of the Year Happiness, where he was Creative Content Director for two years. He is already very enthusiastic: “Anyone who knows me knows that I love creativity and challenges in both my private and professional life. This job came at the perfect moment for me, so I’m seizing this opportunity with both hands. I gained experience at Emakina as Creative and then at Happiness as Director. Moreover, I find the digital aspect especially fascinating. For example: in my ‘free’ time, I manage the satirical sports project ‘Ministerie Van Sport’ with a number of friends, and I’m the founder of the rotation curation Twitter account Belgiumers, where a different remarkable Belgian shares the beauty of our marvellous country on a weekly basis. In my new job as Creative Director at Duke & Grace, I hope to come up with sustainable digital and creative solutions for our clients, together with the team. In any event, I’m really looking forward to it!”
The full-service communication agency is also adding greater seniority to its design team with the recruitment of Hubertus Damme. Damme acquired experience at TOYKYO where he worked for e.g. Nike, Red Bull, Pukkelpop and Duvel Moortgat. Moreover, the company recently hired two new Creative Project Managers to accompany clients and keep their projects on the right track: Sylvie Demeestere, who earlier worked as Project Coordinator at Animotions, and Barbara Boens, who earned her stripes as Project Manager at StoryMe.
And clearly it won't stop with these four hirings, as Linda Galle, Managing Director of Duke & Grace, explains: “All of the projects we do, whether strategic, digital or marketing, stand or fall with the creativity we can put into them. We already have fantastic talent on board, but sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with the demand. So, we’re still looking for an extra Senior Creative, on top of the hirings we’ve already done, in order to further expand this team.”