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Iris Grows Creative Innovation Proposition in Seoul
Advertising Agency
London, UK
Launch forms part of the network’s ongoing ambition to create a true alternative to the traditional agency model

iris has invested in appointing a new management team in Seoul, creating a new breed of creative agency for brands looking to take advantage of the growing opportunity in Korea – which has grown to become one of the most creative, thriving and diverse consumer markets in the world.

iris has made a significant investment in launching the Seoul office with a raft of senior hires.  Working with a mix of global and local experience, the team has already developed creative ideas for clients in Seoul – including the Taste of Black campaign for Guinness.

Serial entrepreneur and digital/tech guru Joshua Peacock joins iris Seoul as Managing Director. Prior to joining iris in 2016, Joshua founded and worked with prominent startups in the gaming, wellness IT, and e-commerce sectors, and recently partnered with Korean giant Hyundai Australia, which he helped lead to 24 months of continuous growth. Joshua has also previously held senior agency positions at Grey and Ogilvy while based in Seoul.

Joshua Peacock, Managing Director, iris Seoul, says: “There is a clear shift in sentiment within Seoul from global and local clients alike against the traditional Big 4 networks, originally built from a TVC model. It’s no longer enough to think about advertising in its traditional sense. Our ambition is to create brands that consumers truly want to participate with and integrate into their daily lives.  We do this by building a team and culture based on creativity, technology, collaboration and innovation.”

iris has also appointed Huijin Park, one of the leading culture and content marketers in the world, to lead the agency’s strategy, culture and content proposition in Korea. Previously Head of Planning at VICE Media, Huijin has extensive experience in strategic planning, content creation, trends analysis and consumer behavior – working with brands including Nike, Ray Bans and Ambev.

With the team’s ability to blend a range of skills and products around a client or business challenge – from global integrated campaigns, digital experiences, and TV to branded content, social media and PR – iris hopes to collaborate with clients in Seoul who want to be more competitive and distinctive and create ideas that play a part in culture.  

Joshua Peacock continued: “For international clients in particular, there is often a misunderstanding in what shapes and influences Korean culture. iris Seoul will bring a new approach to the market, by providing high powered creativity matched with a team of East meets West thinking and talent”.  

iris has been passionate about building a flexible, modern day network since its launch in 1999 and in 2014 formed a partnership with Cheil Worldwide with a shared vision to create a true alternative to the traditional holding company model, and offer the best of East and West creativity and collaboration. 

Leading business development solutions for the region is Christine Mills, who following having senior roles across iris in London, Singapore and Shanghai has vast experience driving global business solutions for clients alongside integrated accounts across Europe and APAC markets. 

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Head of Design- Jace An
Managing Director - Joshua Peacock
Senior Account Manager - Mimi Lee
Business Solutions Director, APAC - Christine Mills
Head of strategy, Insights and Futuring - Huijin Park