with people, ideas and results.
LPK is an independent global
brand design agency.
For more than 30 years, we’ve been in the business of helping clients win hearts, steal share and transcend categories. We know the risks, the challenges and the courage it takes to lead your brand forward.
Learn more about our approach.
A Legacy of Extraordinary Brands.
Spanning almost 100 years, LPK’s history reveals an entrepreneurial drive, reaching some of the world’s best-known brands. Since our founding, we’ve remained optimistic, ready for the future and true to our purpose: to give brands the creativity, vision and courage to be extraordinary.
1919: The Beginning
Cliff Schaten returns from serving his country in the First World War and opens a one-man, one-room arts studio.
1920 – 1950: The Studio Years
Schaten Studios grows to include layout artists, lettering artists, retouchers and illustrators.
1950 – 1983: Expansion in the Modern Era
After the Second World War, the company continues to expand, acquiring clients including Procter & Gamble, Kroger and Kenner. In 1975, the company is sold to Young & Rubicam.
1983 – 1996: A Brand Metamorphosis
Mort Libby, Ray Perszyk, Jerry Kathman, Howard McIlvain and Jim Gabel—split from Young & Rubicam to found the LPK we know today, with a portfolio of category-leading brands and the best and brightest creative minds.
1997 – 2015: Going Global
Under the visionary leadership of Jerry Kathman, Phil Best, John Recker, Nathan Hendricks and Dennis Geiger, we continue to expand capabilities and operations to ultimately become the world’s largest employee-owned brand design agency, with a presence in North America, Europe and Asia.
2016 – Present: The Next Chapter
Sarah Tomes, Nathan Hendricks, Valerie Jacobs and Brent McCoy become the next chief officers to lead LPK. Our founders’ vision has guided us as we strive to make extraordinary happen every day.