Action at McCann, AKQA and more

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Craig Markus, group creative director and co-founder of McCann youth-marketing unit TAG, has been promoted to executive VP-executive creative director at McCann-Erickson/N.Y. ... Rei Inamota, formerly executive creative director at R/GA, has joined interactive agency AKQA as global creative director. Inamota will initially work out the agency's new New York office -- headed by former Framfab CD Lars Bastholm -- before relocating to San Francisco. ... Fred Koblinger, CEO of BBDO Holding Austria and managing director of Pall Koblinger Proximity, has been named president of the Lions Direct jury for the 2005 International Advertising Festival in Cannes. ... Freelancer Alan Irikura and Maria Elena Ibarra-James, formerly of the Vidal Partnership, have joined New York's Renegade Market Group as associate creative directors. ... The Brothers Strause, formerly of HSI, have signed with Santa Monica production company Tight for worldwide commercials and video representation.
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