The company has enlisted Hogarth Worldwide’s ex-head of client production Nick Marlborough to the role of global business development consultant, Europe.

Traditionally a supplier of pre-media services to newspaper and magazine publishers, Express KCS said it was experiencing more demand from brand owners that wanted to work directly with the company rather than with agencies, as well as an increased demand for digital and video post-production work.

Marlborough has been recruited specifically to drive the business forward into these markets.

Before joining Hogarth Worldwide in January 2011, Marlborough, who specialises in developing corporate and creative client relationships, held a string of positions at global design and production agency Tag.

Express KCS chief executive Robert Berkeley said Marlborough’s experience would enable the company to offer retailers and brand owners better value for money.

He added: “As brand owners look to make marketing spend work harder – reducing costs while maintaining brand integrity – we are seeing increased demand for our high-end creative and production expertise.

“Nick has first-hand understanding of marketing production and brand requirements coupled with experience of complex production workflows. He is widely respected among customers and will be a valuable addition to our team.”

Marlborough said: “With Express KCS’s wide range of creative services, their capacity, unique technology and the added benefit of providing efficient cost savings, I’m looking forward to bringing this new proposition to brand owners and retailers.”