Colenso lures creative heavyweight back to NZ: Colenso BBDO has attracted creative Dave Brady back to New Zealand as a creative director after a four-year stint in Australia where he was head of art at Whybin/TBWA.
Brady has over 20 years experience at both start-up and major network agencies in London, New Zealand and Australia and has collected over 70 local and international awards.
In Australia, he was involved in numerous new business wins and helped to create award-winning campaigns for NRMA and the ANZ.
Prior to heading to Australia he was CD and head of art at DDB Auckland; before that he was group head at FCB NZ.
But it was Colenso’s reputation for consistent high performance and unexpected work that drew Dave back to New Zealand.
“I’ve had a fruitful time in Australia and have learned so much, but it’s great being back in NZ,” he says. “Over the past few years I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the most talented people in the industry and I’m really looking forward to continuing that streak at Colenso.
“Nick and the team have a fantastic reputation worldwide. They’re consistently performing at the highest level and are renowned for creating original, refreshing and unexpected work for their clients.”
Colenso ceo Nick Garrett said: “We are always on the lookout for great creative talent, and we attract some great people from around the world, but it’s especially sweet when you can get a someone like Dave with serious international credentials to return to New Zealand; it’s great for us and great for the industry as a whole. We know he’s going do an amazing job for our clients and to keep great Kiwi creative work on the map.”
The Marketing Association gets its new ceo: The Marketing Association board has appointed Gill Stewart to the chief executive role, replacing Michael Pryor, who stepped down in March.
“Gill brings to the role 25 years of experience in the media industry in both Australia and New Zealand, including the last five years heading up The Radio Bureau,” said chair Lance Walker.
“We were lucky enough to receive over 50 applicants for the role, which is a credit to the reputation the Marketing Association has in the marketplace. “Gill stood out for her passion, drive and energy; her commercial and entrepreneurial mind set; and her focus on building high performing, collaborative cultures.
“The board are very confident that Gill is the ideal person to lead the organisation through the next phase of its growth and development, and to advance the MA mission of being a proactive champion for the practice of professional marketing and the role that marketers have in building a better, stronger New Zealand.”
Walker thanked Paul Scoringe, who stepped into the acting ceo role following Pryor’s departure.
Ambient Group hires new sales manager: Ambient Group has announced that Fran Cummings will take on the role of sales manager, effective 13 July.
Cummings comes from oOh!Media where she spent the past four years as an account and business manager working across the retail media portfolio. She was an integral part of the team responsible for key client growth opportunities and new business strategies.
“Adding Fran to head our sales team adds a significant asset, and further contributes to our already extensive growth this year,” said Ambient Group ceo Chris Monaghan. “I’m very excited by the new opportunities and expertise that Fran brings to us and our clients.
“She will work alongside Cameron Taylor, who also starts this week as general manager of outdoor, and will be bolstered by our newly upgraded experiential and PR teams.”
Cummings has a communications and media studies background, and has worked with a number of agencies on both sides of the Tasman, including SparkPHD, Carat, and Ikon.
New home for Ambient Group: The company will be relocating its office on Friday 19 June from midday.
“We may have limited services with email and office telephones on Friday afternoon however, we are all available on our cellphones should you need to contact any of us,” says Chris Monaghan.
“Our fax line will be changing to 09 366 1420, though all our other telephone lines and our PO Box will remain the same. We are relocating to:
7 Falcon Street,
Ph: 09 303 4480
Fax: 09 366 1420
VeNA hires ambitious undergrad: Video & Entertainment Network Asia (VeNA) has appointed Nikisha Patel as advertising operations & marketing assistant to its Britomart-based NZ team.
Patel is a business undergraduate in her final semester. She considers herself to be an ambitious young woman who believes anything is possible with a positive mindset.
“With previous exposure to marketing and digital media working with companies such as Ecoya and APN Outdoor, Nikisha gained valuable experience whilst studying full-time,” said VeNA NZ general manager Toni Knowles.
“That coupled with her proactive and can-do attitude made her our standout applicant. It is fantastic to see such a high calibre of grads coming through who are so enthusiastic about getting involved in the video and mobile video scene. We had a strong response to our role, and are pleased to welcome Nikisha to the team.”
Video Entertainment Network Asia (VeNA) is one of the largest premium advertising and technology platforms operating across the Asia Pacific region, delivering advertisers access to millions of engaged consumers across all screens. VeNA is an independently owned and operated media company with offices in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. For agency partners, VeNA provides a wide range of solutions for distribution of video advertising at scale. For site and technology partners, VeNA offers a range of video asset management and platform services that add value, align complementary business objectives and develop new revenue and strategic opportunities.
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