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Forward3D Appoint James Townsend As Global Managing Director

Global performance marketing agency Forward3D today announced the appointment of James Townsend as their new Global Managing Director. James joins Forward3D from Dentsu Aegis Network, where he served as European CEO for digital agency 360i, leading accounts such as Converse, Lidl and Enterprise, and was also part of the DAN UK leadership team.

James will have responsibility across Forward3D globally, driving consistency and collaboration while raising the profile of Forward3D as a specialist digital agency across all markets, including EMEA, North America and APAC. James will be working alongside the existing C-Suite team, including Global CEO Martin McNulty, CIO Hannes Ben and CFO James Parr.

James has over 15 years agency experience, having worked as Managing Director of creative agency Fallon for five years prior to his appointment at 360i. During his time at Fallon, James was the lead on a number of high profile global brands including Cadbury, Nokia and Skoda.

Martin McNulty, CEO of Forward3D Group, said: “I’m delighted to have James join the Forward3D team as Global MD. His wealth of experience will help the business build on its advanced digital marketing and international capabilities and assist with the ongoing acceleration of the agency’s growth globally.”

About Forward3D

Forward3D is a digital marketing agency running activity across 100+ markets in 50+ languages for some of the world's leading brands, including Virgin Atlantic, ASOS, Calvin Klein, Hilton and Paul Smith. With over 400 employees across 15 offices Forward3D offer a truly global service in search, display, social, content and data science offerings. Forward3D’s culture is one of innovation, transparency and creativity, as evidenced in the creation and use of their proprietary technology. Forward3D was acquired by The Stagwell Group in December 2017.

About The Stagwell Group

The Stagwell Group LLC is a registered investment advisory company formed by Mark Penn. The Stagwell Group manages a private equity fund whose portfolio includes more than fifteen collaborative, digital-first agencies. Stagwell’s portfolio of high growth companies include digital marketing agency Forward3D, language service provider Locaria, media innovator MMI Agency, healthcare and consumer experts SCOUT, research leader Harris Insights & Analytics, performance marketing firm PMX Agency, creative digital leader Code and Theory, strategic communications agency SKDKnickerbocker, telecommunications researchers HarrisX, entertainment research innovator National Research Group (NRG), public relations firm Finn Partners, communications agency Wye Communications, digital advocacy shop Targeted Victory, creative advertising consultancy Wolfgang, creative agency Observatory, online reputation management firm Reputation Defender, technology innovator Stagwell Technologies and most recently Ink, the world leader in travel media.