Eka is one of the most awarded Finnish creative directors, both on the national and international level. His work has been awarded in all the major award shows including LIA, Cannes Lions, Clio Awards, The One Show, The Effie’s and The Golden Drum. He is also a frequent jury member and speaker in the industry events around the world. In 2015 Ruola was awarded with The Internationalist’s Agency Innovator Award in New York. This year Ruola was awarded with the Platinum Award by Grafia in Finland, which is the most prestigious lifetime achievement award in the country for exceptional work within the creative industry.
Eka is known for his long tenure at the helm of hasan & partners group, a 30-year-old creative powerhouse in the Nordics. He left the agency in 2020 and bought the majority share of a Finnish hybrid agency Nitro Group and returned to the creative business arena in April 2021. Recently Eka also wrote his first marketing book, The New 4 P’s of Marketing, which was published by Alma Talent in May 2021.