Kudu named SVP, Executive Creative Director of Carol H. Williams
30, 2017) Carol H. Williams Advertising agency has announced that Ola
Kudu has been named Senior Vice President, Executive Creative
Director reporting to the CEO & CCO, Carol Williams. Kudu provides CHWA
with a unique creative resource and an asset to the brands CHWA
represents. An award-winning creative veteran, Kudu has over 20 years
experience in multicultural space, entertainment & lifestyle marketing,
and creative leadership.
Over the course of his career, Kudu has delivered breakthrough
multicultural and mainstream campaigns for brands including: Nike,
Coca-Cola, Walmart, Verizon, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Toyota, Gillette,
Corona, Courvoisier, Diageo, Viacom Networks, MTV Networks, BET
Networks, Cartoon Network, DirecTV, Lufthansa, Novartis and The Kaiser
Kudu began his career as an art director for legendary music
publications Vibe and The Source. Later, Kudu made a name for himself as
Creative Director for independent label Loud Records. Kudu created
innovative marketing campaigns for platinum artists such as Wu-Tang
Clan, Mobb Deep, and Big Pun and became a digital pioneer, developing
applications for 360 interactive VR experiences in the early 2000s.
Kudu was also the creative force behind the launch of the first custom
publication for Nike's multi-billion-dollar enterprise, Brand Jordan.
In 2003, Ola developed an award-winning multicultural campaign,
featuring Verizon's iconic "Testman" character. The campaign opened new
markets to the brand. The following year he successfully launched a
millennial-targeted mobile brand for the telecom giant.
From 2004-2010, Kudu moved to content creation and led the
transformative rebranding of Black Entertainment Television into an
Emmy-winning and original programming powerhouse brand with 100% brand
recognition among African Americans. Kudu oversaw the creative launch of
BET Mobile, BET International, the creation of the BET Honors franchise,
and led the network to its highest ad sales and ratings year in network
More recently, Kudu has dedicated time to promoting the work of
nonprofits including The Noah's Arc Foundation, in Chicago, which uses
art and sports to encourage youth to avoid gun violence.
Kudu is actively engaged in developing the next generation of creative
leaders via his involvement with several industry organizations
including the American Advertising Federation's Mosaic Council, NAACP
Image Awards, National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications
(NAMIC), The ONE Club/Art Directors Club, Telly Awards, Promax/BDA and
The Recording Academy/Grammy Awards.
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