Andrew Essex

Andrew Essex is Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Droga5, a global advertising agency headquartered in New York. Founded in 2006, Droga5 has been named Agency of the Year three times and was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in 2013. Before co-founding Droga5 in 2006, Essex was the founding editor-in-chief of Absolute magazine and executive editor at Details magazine. He has also held editorial posts at The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, and Interview. Since Droga5’s inception, Essex has overseen the growth of the company’s client base to include Prudential, Mondelez International, PUMA, Kraft Foods Group, American Express, The Coca-Cola Company, Hennessy, Newcastle Brown Ale, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Unilever, Qantas and the United Nations, among others. In addition to blue-chip clients and award-winning projects with partners including Jay-Z and Usain Bolt, the agency is well known for innovative social initiatives such as UNICEF’s Tap Project and The Great Schlep for the 2008 Obama campaign, both of which won Titanium Lions at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. In his free time, Essex can usually be found writing (he has co-authored books with’s Stephan Paternot, former Barney’s CEO Gene Pressman and acclaimed musician Nile Rodgers) or around New York with his wife and two children.

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