Spark Foundry USA announced today the appointment of Joe Kowan as the agency’s Executive Vice President of Digital Solutions, Precision and Technology. The new appointment underscores Spark’s commitment to continue leading in the evolving precision and adtech landscape.
With over a decade of experience under his belt, Kowan will have oversight into Spark Foundry’s entire digital offering, with a focus on the agency’s precision, ad tech and data-enabled media work. He will also play a key role in leading and scaling the agency’s precision team across the US, as well as seek out innovative business solutions and insights for clients in the digital marketing space. Based in Chicago, Kowan will report into Shelby Saville, President, Digital Solutions.
“As a data-led company, we are dedicated in helping our clients deliver the right messages to the right customers,” said Chris Boothe, CEO, Spark Foundry. “Joe is an adept navigator within today’s complex data-led media and technology landscape. He will be a great addition to our digital arsenal and help our clients improve the experience for their audiences as well as create a more natural engagement with relevant and precise advertising.”
An adtech veteran, Kowan comes to Spark Foundry from Media iQ, where he spearheaded the company’s enterprise and technology strategy as its EVP of Strategy & Product for the US. Before that, Kowan held various senior leadership positions within several WPP operating companies, including GroupM, where he was most recently the Worldwide Head of Programmatic Buying. Prior to that role, Kowan was responsible for launching the group’s Programmatic Buying Unit, functioning as President, Programmatic Buying, for GroupM North America.
“I’ve been incredibly impressed with Spark’s unique proposition and unparalleled capabilities,” said Kowan. “In this time of incredible complexity in the digital marketing world, advertisers are looking for leadership, certainty and results from their agencies, and I look forward to working with the talented teams at Spark to deliver on that promise.”