Arrivals & Departures: BBDO taps six in Auckland, two in Wellington

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Jordan Dale, Clemens Zlami, Ben Barnes, Matt Webster, Darryl Wong and Kim Pick are among the latest creatives to join the team at 100 College Hill.

Executive Creative Director Wayne Pick said: “I’m absolutely chuffed to have these guys on board as Proximity continues to grow. They are all great innovators in the digital, direct, social and integrated space and I’m excited about the creative opportunities for them here.

“We’ve already got some exciting projects underway for clients like Spark, BNZ and Visa.”

Art director Jordan Dale joined from Ogilvy, where his campaigns included the award-winning Forest & Bird campaign. Axis student of the year in 2013, he’s already picked up Caples Gold and a D&AD Yellow and Graphite Pencil for his work. At Colenso, he teams up with his former copywriter Clemens Zlami, who returns from Naked Melbourne.

Senior creatives Ben Barnes and Matt Webster joined from DDB/Rapp NZ, where they were digital group heads. Their social and experiential projects included Westpac Giving Tree and Steinlager Change the Bottle, Change The Game.

Senior writer Darryl Wong and creative director Kim Pick have also now joined the permanent team at College Hill. Kim Pick, formerly writer and CD at Saatchi & Saatchi London, was most recently ECD at Rapp New York and continued to work remotely for the New York office following her return to New Zealand. She’s jointly led alongside her husband,Wayne, at agencies TBWA\Tequila, Rapp New York and NZ.

Wong is a long time collaborator, and has also previously worked with the pair at Rapp New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Colenso’s Wellington sibling Clemenger BBDO/Proximity has hired creative team JP Twaalfhoven and Emily Drake.

The team was previously at Saatchi & Saatchi Auckland. Clemenger joint ECDs Brigid Alkema & Brett Hoskin welcomed their new hire. “Our focus has been on finding fresh, media-neutral thinkers with digital experience and real hands-on skills,” Alkema told Campaign Brief.

“Brett and I were instantly impressed with JP and Ed. Both have cut their teeth in small Wellington shops. So they’ve had to be the masters of their own destinies. That not only takes passion and drive, but also has forced them to learn a wealth of skills.

“They’re not afraid to jump behind a camera, or get stuck in on an animation project.”

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