Harley Block Joins ROKKAN to Lead Marketing & Communications- Digital Agency Continues Exponential Growth, Adding New Clients and Personnel

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ROKKAN, The Digital Agency, is pleased to announce the arrival of Harley Block, who joins the leadership team as executive director of marketing & communications.

Harley Block

ROKKAN, The Digital Agency, is pleased to announce the arrival of Harley Block, who joins the leadership team as executive director of marketing & communications. In this role, Block will drive the overall strategy and lead the agency’s communications and marketing department in addition to focusing on several key areas including global positioning and brand development. He will report directly to CEO, John Noe.

Block joins ROKKAN from R/GA, where he managed the New York communications team and was responsible for the digital agency’s efforts across its North American offices. During his time at R/GA, he developed and executed a number of highly successful communications campaigns for clients such as MasterCard, Nike, McCormick, Grey Goose, and L’Oreal. He was also responsible for generating global awareness around the launch of several of R/GA’s new capabilities including Live Events, Data Visualization, Business Transformation and Product Innovation. Prior to R/GA, Block was with Edelman for several years where he focused on consumer technology working with brands like Microsoft and Motorola. He has also worked with Taylor Global, HBO, and Hill & Knowlton, Inc.

"This is an incredibly exciting time for ROKKAN. We’ve shifted from a purely digital creative agency to now working with some of world’s leading brands to help identify and solve their biggest business challenges, helping to innovative their existing business models for today’s ever-changing environment,” said Noe. “Harley understands the transformation that has taken place at ROKKAN and his strategic track record in helping agencies and brands create narratives to tell those stories effectively speaks for itself. His diverse experience and cultural fit make him a great addition to the ROKKAN family; his expertise is just what we need at this stage in our agency’s lifecycle.”

ROKKAN continues to experience explosive growth since being named to Ad Age’s 2012 A-List as an “Agency to Watch” earlier this year. The digital shop has tripled its revenue since 2010 and has added a number of brands to its client roster, which now includes JetBlue, Stolichnaya Vodka, PwC, NestléPurina Pet Care, DISH Network, Caesars Entertainment Group, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Google, and Bethesda.

Harley joins the growing leadership team at ROKKAN, whose most recent additions include Zach Newcomb, Executive Account Director, joining from R/GA and CreatetheGroup, Sav Banerjee, Executive Social Strategy Director, joining from Sapient Nitro, Heather Ricciardi, Executive UX Director, joining from Frog Design and Daily Candy, and Bryan Le, Creative Director, joining from HUGE.

The rapidly growing agency has put a great deal of focus on acquiring leading talent and scaling their highly specialized departmental teams to better serve its client base moving forward. As the agency continues to evolve its offerings, Harley will play an integral role in helping tie together the agency’s heritage, culture, approach and ongoing vision for the digital landscape.
“The second you walk through the door, you know ROKKAN is a different type of company. The energy and culture are palpable and the transformation that has taken place here has positioned the agency incredibly well for the future. I’m very much looking forward to helping the organization continue to grow and strengthen their brand in the marketplace,” said Block.

ROKKAN (http://rokkan.com/) is an independently owned digital agency reinventing the way brands interact and engage with their consumers. Borrowing its name from the Japanese word for intuition, or “the sixth sense,” ROKKAN continues to impact the digital space, delivering digital solutions, turnkey campaigns, and social engagements for some of the largest brands in the world.
Founded in 2000, ROKKAN has grown from a three-person startup into a full-service agency housing nearly 100 ROKKANites—some of the most innovative talent in the industry. With a nimble approach combining social media, strategy, user-experience, design, and technology, ROKKAN’s not your ordinary digital agency.
Find us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/rokkanmedia), tweet at @ROKKANmedia, or learn more on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/company/47603).

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