Morioka & Jacek Head W+K Studio

NOREENMORIOKA

Noreen Morioka and Nicole Jacek are the new co-heads of Wieden + Kennedy design. Together they lead the hundred-plus employees of the design studio located at the agency’s Portland OR headquarters. Morioka most recently served as chief creative officer for San Francisco-based luxury skincare line Tatcha while Jacek previously ran the design agency NJ(L.A.). Says W+K executive CD Jason Bagley: “As we continue to invest in our design studio, Nicole and Noreen were exactly the type of provocative, world-class design leaders we were looking for.” Morioka, in turn, calls the design studio “the agency’s secret weapon.  Earlier in her career, Jacek worked at prominent design firms including Sagmeister & Walsh and karlssonwilker. Morioka was co-founder and spent 25 years at AdamsMorioka, partnering with Sean Adams, and also served in top roles at the AIGA LA, receiving the AIGA Medal in 2014. Other career accolades include an International Design Conference at Aspen fellowship along with stints as chair of the James Beard Foundation Award for Design and Architecture, and board member of the Art Director’s Club in New York. She was a GDUSA Person To Watch in 1997.

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