Innovator – Shannon Washington

Innovator — Shannon Washington


As Global Chief Creative Officer of gotham, Shannon is responsible for delivering culturally impactful and effective solutions for all clients of McCann Worldgroup’s global creative boutique agency, as well as for expanding its client roster into complementary categories and brands. 

She previously served as US Chief Creative Officer, Connected Communications for R/GA US, the network’s largest and flagship region with a sharp focus on reshaping the region’s creative vision, fidelity, and culture for a post-pandemic world. Her intersectional and craft-centric style of leadership led to a renewed creative vigor in the office, netting an impressive set of wins to include a Webby Agency of The Year win, a #2 listing for AdAge’s A-list, and three consecutively impressive award seasons, with a net of campaign-centric awards not seen since 2016.  In addition, her approach has earned her three distinctive honors: A placement on the Adweek Creative 100, AdAge Chief Creative Officer of The Year, and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business.

Shannon joined R/GA after working in Los Angeles with TBWA\Media Arts Lab, where she helped launch Apple TV+, and at Deutsch Los Angeles where she led H&R Block. Before that, Shannon was at Droga5 NY where she led the relaunch of CoverGirl and the launch of You Invest with Chase.

When she's not in front of a monitor, Shannon is working on adding another stamp to her passport or attempting to run a 10-minute mile.