EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Derek Sherman is Executive Creative Director of The Escape Pod. He has led globally recognized integrated marketing campaigns in digital, social, traditional, mobile, PR, and media, helping clients tell insight-driven brand stories in deeply connective ways.
An award-winning Creative Director and Writer, Derek has worked on such brands as Apple, Corona, Google, Coca-Cola, Canadian Club, Miller Lite, Kellogg’s, Jim Beam, McDonald’s, Abbott Labs, Kellogg’s, Maui Jim, Amnesty International, Fifth Third Bank, and Sprite. His work has been awarded multiple Gold and Silver Cannes Lions, D&AD pencils, Gold Effies, the One Show, and all four Communication Arts Annuals (Design, Advertising, Interactive, Illustration). He worked on the launch of Apple’s first major new product introduction in years, HomePod.
8 of BuzzFeed’s Top Ten Alcohol Ads are Derek’s work. In 2013, he was awarded the Cannes Chimera for his work for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His iconic campaign for Canadian Club was named among the best advertising in the last 25 years by Archive Magazine.
Beyond advertising, he is a published novelist and serves on the Board of Directors of Ragdale, the nation’s fourth largest arts foundation. He is also the cofounder of the Chicago Awesome Foundation, a charity awarding microgrants every month to develop ideas that make Chicago a better city, which has been featured on ABC, WGN, and NPR.