R/GA announced today the promotion of Richard Ting, an 11-year employee of the agency, to executive vice president and the new role of global chief design officer. The shop said in a statement it is placing all design disciplines under one hood, “fostering even greater integration.”
Ting will be responsible for the growth and evolution of the agency’s data and AI-driven design capabilities while also continuing in his previous role as a partner of R/GA Ventures, a division opened in 2014 that holds the investments the agency makes through its accelerator programs.
Ting has served in various roles during his time at R/GA including executive creative director (on the Nike account), global head of mobile and social platforms, R/GA Ventures partner and global chief experience officer. This year, Ting will partner with all of R/GA’s global offices and creative leaders to “reshape [its] design talent” and “ensure that they remain world-class and are ready for a world that is increasingly driven by technology,” according to the agency’s statement.
“I believe that the designer of the future will increasingly have to integrate multiple aspects of design—design, research, experience strategy, experience design, service design, visual design, prototyping and behavioral science,” Ting said. “The work our clients need today demands this cross-discipline literacy, and I am excited to continue building this at R/GA.”
Ting will report to R/GA CEO, founder and chairman Bob Greenberg.