Willoughby Design Announces Executive Promotions

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Willoughby Design, Inc. has announced three executive promotions, effective immediately, appointed to support company growth.

Willoughby Design, Inc., a leading global brand strategy and design firm based in Kansas City, Mo., today announced three key executive promotions.

The changes will position the 35 year-old woman-owned firm for future growth. Effective immediately, Megan Stephens has been promoted to President & Partner and Zack Shubkagel is now Creative Director and Partner. Ann Willoughby will assume the title Founder and Chief Creative Officer

Megan Stephens has been named President & Partner.
Megan served as Principal for the last five years. She will continue to lead day-to-day management of the company and strategic oversight of the work. In addition, she will guide new business. Megan is currently serving on the Steering Committee for win|win, Kansas City's organization focused on increasing the percentage of women on boards and in the C-suite. She has been with Willoughby for 15 years. Megan is on Twitter at @MegaPop (http://www.twitter.com/megapop).

Zack Shubkagel has been named Creative Director & Partner.
Zack served as Principal for the last five years. In his new role Zack will continue to oversee creative development. He will also be relocating to San Francisco, Calif., to manage west coast growth. Zack is an active member of AIGA, recently serving as President of the Kansas City Chapter. He has been with Willoughby for nine years. Zack can be found on Twitter at @zshubkagel
(http://www.twitter.com/zshubkagel).

Ann Willoughby has been named Founder & Chief Creative Officer.
Having founded Willoughby in 1978, Ann has served as President and Chief Creative Officer. She will remain a partner in the business and continue to guide the agency, overseeing culture, vision and creative. Ann will continue in her leadership roles within the national design community, AIGA, and her role as the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design at the Kansas City Art Institute.

About Willoughby
Willoughby Design is a strategic brand strategy and design firm headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. with an office opening in San Francisco, Calif. in June 2013. Founded in 1978, the company lists among its clients Panera Bread, The Hershey Company, Hallmark, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association and the KC Chamber. Past notable clients have included Hostess Brands, Lee Jeans and Noodles & Company. The firm is a member of AIGA, the professional association for design, and the American Advertising Federation. Willoughby is also a certified Woman Owned Business and a thought-leader in helping brands better connect with women.

Learn more about Willoughby at http://www.willoughbydesign.com and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/WilloughbyKC.

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