Arrivals & Departures: CAANZ taps Louise Bond, Newshub taps Shaun Davies

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The CAANZ board has elected Louise Bond, ceo of PHD Group, as president of the association, after Simon Lendrum’s decision to step down, following his two-and-a-half-year stint in the role.

CAANZ ceo Paul Head said: “Louise has been actively involved with CAANZ for a number of years; firstly as part of the media committee, where she is the current chair, and over the past four years, on the board. She has served as board vice-president for the past two-and-a-half-years and has done a great job in that capacity.

“She was the unanimous choice of the board to take over from Simon.

Louise Bond said: “CAANZ plays an important role in a very exciting and challenging industry. The nature of communications is changing by the minute and we’re certainly moving into a space where consumers are telling brands what they expect, how they want them to behave and how they would like to hear from them.”

“There is constant pressure on every member of our industry to perform to the highest possible standard to ensure that we meet both client and consumer needs while also advancing the industry. CAANZ offers critical leadership and support.


“It’s a privilege to be elected as president – and I look forward to meeting every challenge, head-on.”


The appointment is the first time that the head of a media agency has been elected to lead the industry body which represents creative, media, social, digital, PR and experiential agencies.

Bond will also be the first female to lead CAANZ, “setting an example for women throughout the industry,” Head said.

“PHD Group is easily one of the largest and most respected media agencies in New Zealand – and that’s thanks to Louise’s business ethic and acumen, passion for her craft and skill for spotting the right people at the right time.

“Louise will no doubt bring this passion to her new role.”

Head also said: “I’d like to thank Simon for his leadership of the organisation over the past two-and-a-half-years. He’s made a genuine difference for the industry.”

Louise Bond takes over her new role effective immediately.

MediaWorks names Shaun Davies as Newhub head of digital
MediaWorks has appoined Shaun Davies as Newshub’s head of digital news. Davies will manage the strategy and editorial direction for Newshub’s digital properties, including the Newshub app, digital sites, social channels and other platforms, overseeing a team of producers, editors and video experts.

“Shaun is one of the most talented journalists I have worked with, one who clearly understands the needs of his audience,” says Hal Crawford, MediaWorks chief news officer. “His experience across a range of digital roles and global news services means he is well suited to continue driving the strong growth Newshub has shown in the digital space since launch.”

“The on-going evolution of Newshub’s digital offering is a key area of focus for us. Shaun is an innovator and leader, and knows how to stay close to the audience while following his own ideas of newsworthiness.”

Davies has more than 15 years’ experience as a journalist, most recently as the Australia editor for BBC News. Prior to this he held numerous roles at ninemsn including managing editor. He has also worked for News Limited and has been published in most major Australian newspapers including The Australian, The Sunday Telegraph and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Outside of journalism, Davies has held roles with Microsoft as an editorial lead and worked as a PR consultant in Japan.


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