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Kerry Argus to Designworks Christchurch: STW-owned Designworks has appointed Kerry Argus to the joint position of design director in Christchurch, effective immediately.

“Kerry will work alongside design director Ben Harrison to lead the design product of the agency and to support Designworks’ ongoing commitment to Christchurch and Canterbury,” said managing director Michael Prentice.

“Kerry’s diverse international and local experience in both large multinational consultancies and smaller design shops will bring a fresh new perspective to the Designworks offering.”

Argus previously worked as senior designer at Strategy; before that she spent a decade in London with Interbrand.

Argus has won Best Design awards for large and small scale identity work and packaging on well-known brands, including Cloudy Bay, Bell Hill and Kathmandu.

SEO pioneer joins iProspect: Parnell-based search engine marketing firm iProspect (part of the Dentsu Aegis network) has appointed Charles Coxhead to the role of Head of SEO.

Coxhead joins iProspect from Double Black Media, an agency which he founded and ran for the past four years. Clients of Double Black Media will be integrated into iProspect when Coxhead joins.

Coxhead has spent over 20 years working in digital marketing roles across News Zealand, Australia and the US.   Specialising in organic search, he has worked with some of New Zealand’s best known brands.

Alex Radford, General Manager of iProspect said, “Charles is genuinely one of the pioneers of SEO in New Zealand, and as such has become one of the most respected and sought after SEO practitioners in market,” said general manager Alex Radford. “To say that we are thrilled to have him on board would be an understatement.

“With Charles joining the team, iProspect now undeniably has one of the strongest and most experienced digital teams in the New Zealand market.”

From cadet to managing director: TRN has promoted Dean Buchanan to managing director, replacing ceo Jane Hastings, who became ceo of APN in May.

Buchanan first joined TRN as chief content officer in September 2013, and he has been integral to several major changes that have occurred at the broadcaster over the last few months.

In addition to overseeing the rebrand of Classic Hits and the incorporation of cross-channel content delivery at TRN, Bucahnan was more recently also involved in the extension of the ZM radio brand onto Sky’s Juice TV.

Since his arrival at TRN from Australia, Buchanan has added a bit of competitive banter to the media landscape through his often colourful responses to interview questions (the standard PR script usually doesn’t include the phrase “grumpy old men whingeing about shit”).

Bucahnan has over 20 years in the industry, having worked as the group programme director at DMG Radio Australia for 10 years and before that at TRN for 13 years (he started as a cadet at TRN in 1985 and ended his first stint as a brand manager in 1998).

More recently, he has established a successful talent management company Plus1 involved in developing the futures of key Australian talent, including host of The Voice, Darren McMullen and radio stars, Sami Lukis and Dan DeBuf.

Bauer Wellington taps Ros Ellison: 

Bauer Media has appointed Ros Ellison as a sales manager for Bauer Media Wellington, replacing Ben Hill, who has moved to a senior sales position with Bauer Auckland.

Previously, she held senior sales roles with Fairfax, TVNZ and most recently Mi9 Wellington.

“Ros has a fantastic profile in the Wellington market and her experience across the media mix will be beneficial for providing solutions to communication challenges,” said Bauer commercial director Gardiner.

Ellison will report to advertising director Matt Tremain, who will support her from Auckland.


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