David Warner, regarded as one of the pioneers of interactive design, has been hired by Oyster Partners, the internet professional services com-pany, as creative director.
He succeeds Hugo Manassei, a co-founder of Oyster, who becomes chief creative officer with responsibility for the company's creative, experience and marketing strands as well as developing Oyster's international offices.
Warner, who has held a number of high-level positions within the interactive design field, joins after a spell at the ill-fated Boo.com, which is being revamped and relaunched in the wake of its acquisition by Fashionmill.
US-born Warner made his name as the design director of Avalanche, the New York company which built its reputation with work on clients such as Carnegie Hall, Casio, Elektra, Guardian Life Insurance, Polygram Films and Warner Music.
He was appointed creative director of Razorfish New York after it acquired Avalanche in 1998, working for clients such as Giorgio Armani, Sharp and Bank One. His awards include a Clio as well as gold and silver One Show Interactive Awards for three successive years.
At Oyster, Warner takes creative control of a stable of brands including Channel 4, British Airways, Orange, Virgin and Barclaycard. Warner said: 'Oyster has evolved in a very smart way and focused on quality of culture and ideas. We have the opportunity to develop a different approach to creating both digital and non-digital experiences.'