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Marina Willer has been announced as the first female partner to join the London branch of Pentagram, the international design agency run by a collection of friends across the world. Marina, currently working as creative director at Wolff Olins, becomes the 18th partner at the company and will be taking up her new post in April.

A Royal College of Art alumnus, Marina was born in Brazil and has a varied design portfolio behind her that includes heading up the high-profile redesigns of both the Tate family of museums and Amnesty International. She is also a filmmaker, and has had her short films shown at various festivals including the Sao Paulo Film Festival in which her film “Cartas da Mae” won the title of Best Short Film in 2004.

Domenic Lippa, a partner at Pentagram London, said “We’re absolutely thrilled that Marina has agreed to join as our new partner. We’ve long admired her work and her engaging personality.”

Marina is just as happy to be joining the group: “I am really proud to be invited to become a partner at Pentagram. I have huge respect for their work, their principles and their uncompromising passion for design,” she said. (via CreativeReview.co.uk)

Willer was part of the Wolff Olins team for 13 years and during this time was nominated for many awards, including the Selfridges/Perrier award for The Best British Designer in 2000. Marina also won a silver medal for Best British Promotional Film in the Promex Award in the same year.

Pentagram was founded in 1972 and now has offices in London, New York, Berlin and Austin. The group describes itself as “the world’s largest independent design consultancy” and current partners include graphic designer Paula Scher, architect William Russell and copywriter Naresh Ramchandani, amongst other design leaders. Pentagram has been responsible for the branding of many high-profile clients such as Time Magazine, Penguin Group, Nissan, Tiffany & Co. and The Savoy.

Featured Image via Marina’s Twitter page