Stripe Communications, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, has named Chris Stevenson, former director of client service and business development at Emanate, as MD of its new London office.
Reporting to Juliet Simpson, Stripe’s CEO, Stevenson will lead the strategic growth of the agency’s new London office as well as boost its comms services offer.
During his time at Emanate, Stevenson helped grow the business, leading teams and clients to deliver strategic PR, digital and comms campaigns.
His experience spans a range of consumer brands and he has delivered PR strategies across consumer tech, entertainment, FMCG, sports, food and drink and alcoholic beverages in a career spanning 15 years.
Simpson said: “Chris is not only a brilliant leader but a great cultural fit for Stripe. He brings with him a wealth of communications experience, huge amounts of energy and drive, and a passion for innovative thinking. With Chris at the helm we’re excited to see our new London office make its mark.”
Stevenson’s appointment is one of a series of senior hires, including a new director of strategy, head of brand entertainment and creative director.
Anna Russell, former general manager, brand marketing at Audi of America, has been named director of strategy.
Responsible for positioning Audi as a progressive luxury choice, Russell managed a budget of over $150M to help deliver sales. At Stripe, she will expand the agency’s strategic and creative services.
Lesley Morton joins Stripe as head of brand entertainment. Before Stripe, Lesley headed up the music and entertainment team at CSM Sport & Entertainment, where she delivered global brand strategies for clients.
Based between the agency’s London and Glasgow offices, Lesley will lead the growth of Stripe’s brand activation and entertainment offering.
Hilary Joiner has been hired as creative director. With over 20 years of integrated brand and communications experience, Joiner will be responsible for developing Stripe’s creative capabilities.
Simpson added: “2016 is our tenth year and we’re as ambitious now as we’ve ever been. These new appointments reflect how we continue to innovate and adapt to the changing nature of our business, providing a networked offering, world-class thinking and capabilities that exceed the needs of our clients. With more announcements to come, we’re looking forward to an incredible year.”