Ken Drab's profile photo

Hi, I am Ken Drab. Thank you for letting me share my story in a more flexible creative setting.

I am a creative brand evangelist, champion, and loyalist. I am driven to bring creative ideas and identities to life, to ignite a passion that goes beyond the logo – to make it anything but “drab”.

My goal is to stand out from the crowd and show you why I am a great fit for what you are looking for.

starbucks-banner-1583884433524
null

Here's what I know about you:

With a great deal of certainty, it’s safe to say everyone knows who Starbucks is. I have been a huge fan of the coffee for a while, but I’m a bigger fan of the brand. It’s incredibly impressive that you can drop into any store and virtually have the same brand experience – there are only a handful of companies that can provide that. I could go on about the logo and its evolution, but I’d rather talk about the fact that the company is extremely progressive in supporting its people with growth and development opportunities on top of healthcare and other benefits. Starbucks has set the standard of how a company can make an impact for and through its employees, and empowering them within their communities.

Here's what I like about this role:

As a leader, the development of my teams has been a priority. I have built and managed a global team across various disciplines, coordinating resources while nurturing team and individual growth to fuel mutual investment and raise productivity. I am excited about all of the responsibilities listed for this role as they all fall within the scope of my experience as Creative Director at Rakuten. I’ve worked closely with stakeholders at all levels to build a robust and collaborative ecosystem that ensures a cohesive creative culture. Additionally, I have worked with external agencies to help evolve the company identity and incorporated systems to maximize the availability of assets and standardize the brand experience.

This page is specifically designed to give you a detailed sense of how I leverage thinking outside the box to attain creative solutions, yet color within the lines to maintain a professional branded presence and achieve goals.

Here is where my experience will help me.

CREATIVE EXPERTISE

Internationally, I work intimately with regions all over the globe. As the world has become a borderless marketplace, my experience has broadened to include managing regional creative demands, language design variations and nuances, and culturally diverse designers and teams.

Interactive Map:

How I have managed Regional Creative Responsibilities (red medallions), Language Variations and Design Nuances (brown flags), and Functional Teams and Designers (blue stars).

null

I have been fortunate to experience a broad scope of leadership responsibilities

Discipline Focus

  • Brand
  • Advertising
  • Marketing

Primarily throughout my career, I have been focused on design, but I’ve leveraged my problems solving skills to provide solutions for various areas of the business.

Leadership Experience

Management - 12 Years
Organizational - 14 Years
Operational - 16 Years

One of the strengths I’ve developed has been the ability to focus on the things I can impact. Prioritizing company and team goals, authentic investment in people, and nurturing relationships have been the cornerstone of how I develop and lead by example.

Here is where my expertise will help you.

I start to go through withdrawal if I don’t get to use my design applications for a few days.

Office Tool Expertise

PowerPoint
Word
Excel
Outlook

I have twenty years of experience in the Adobe design suite of applications (even before it was CC – and remember some Quark Xpress too).

Out of necessity, I have become an expert in Microsoft PowerPoint and integrating design into reusable templates that provide functionality for most basic users.

Design Tool Expertise

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
InDesign
Dreamweaver
CC Libraries
Acrobat
I bringwith me every day.

What's next? View my portfolio or see a detailed version of my resume

or you can reach out to me through this handy form below

I look forward to chatting with you soon!