Andrew Essex


Andrew Essex is the Chief Executive Officer of Droga5, an independent, award-winning creative and strategic agency based in New York.

A 2011 Ad Age Agency A-List winner deemed “the world’s most exciting agency” by The Guardian, Droga5 is best known for such innovative social initiatives as UNICEF’s Tap Project, The Great Schlep for the Obama campaign and The Million Project for the New York City Department of Education. The agency has twice been named “Agency of the Year” and works with such diverse clients as PUMA, Prudential, Amstel Light, Unilever, Kraft, Coca-Cola and Hennessy, among others.

Before co-founding Droga5 in 2006, Essex was a publishing executive, with senior positions at several top magazines including The New Yorker, Details and Entertainment Weekly, among others.

Essex’s writing has been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and Outside, to name a few. He is also the author of three books: A Very Public Offering: The Story of the (Wiley; 2001), Chasing Cool (Simon & Shuster; 2007) with former Barney’s CEO Gene Pressman, and Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny (Spiegel & Grau, 2011) with celebrated musician Nile Rodgers.

Essex has a BA and an MA in American Literature from New York University. He is on the board of PopTech and an advisor to the NYU Reynolds Program of Social Entrepreneurship. He lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn Heights.

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