Global experience marketing agency George P. Johnson (GPJ) has appointed John Farquhar-Smith (pictured), as its new executive producer.
Farquhar-Smith joins GPJ following 25 years’ experience creating large events, often in complex environments. His early career was spent working in theatre where he designed and supervised production on international shows and festivals including West End and Broadway hits like Stomp, the Peking Opera and Eddie Izzard’s arena tours.
Farquhar-Smith then moved into production for experiential events, founding his own event production company, Flux, in 2002, where he remained until joining GPJ.
His work reflects a combination of entertainment and commercial focus lead projects both in the UK and overseas, including the Secret Policeman’s Ball at the Royal Albert Hall, the Beijing 2008 Olympic Handover Ceremony, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic torch relays, and ‘Dive’ for C2 Montréal last year.
Farquhar-Smith’s appointment follows the posting of Ben Hawkins to GPJ’s Boston office as executive producer there.
Managing director, GPJ, UK Jason Megson, said: “We’re thrilled to have attracted someone of John’s experience and gravitas to the business. His arrival at GPJ brings yet another senior creative talent into an agency bristling with energy and producing great work.”
GPJ is an independent, creatively driven experience marketing agency and part of the wider Project Worldwide Agency.