This alphabet soup-named agency helps get clients on the gravy train. AKQA, an independent Web design and interactive marketing agency, offers online and digital media development and consulting for branding, marketing, e-commerce, and interactive technology. Its roster of enviable clients -- which includes big names such as NikeCoca-Cola, and McDonald's -- makes it one of the most successful independent agencies in the world. AKQA has offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, DC. It was founded in 2001 by Ajaz Khowaj Quoram Ahmed (his initials make up the company's name). Private equity firm General Atlantic owns a majority stake in the agency.

Geographic Reach

AKQA operates through offices in the US (Atlanta; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco; New York; Washington, DC), Europe (London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin), and Asia (Shanghai).

Sales and Marketing

AKQA clients include Delta Airlines, Diageo, EDF Energy, Gap, Microsoft, Target, Virgin Money, NIKE, Google, and Unilever.


AKQA has been expanding its reach and winning new clients through the opening of offices in key metropolitan centers. In 2012 it opened a new office in Paris with shoe giant NIKE as its client. It also launched offices in Atlanta and Portland, Oregon, which extended its domestic reach to five locations in North America.

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Akqa, Inc.

360 3rd St Fl 5
San Francisco, CA 94107-1213
Phone: 1 (415) 645-9400


  • Employer Type: Subsidiary
  • CEO: Ajaz Ahmed
  • CCO: James Hilton
  • CTO: Ben Jones

Major Office Locations

  • San Francisco, CA

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