Arrivals & Departures: Chemistry taps BBDO/Image Centre trio (updated)

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Westhaven indie Chemistry Interaction has made three new hires to meet expanding client needs, nabbing talent from Colenso and .99.

First up is Joel Buckley, a senior art director who was most recently at Colenso. Buckley, who is originally from the UK, has worked on much-loved Kiwi brands like Anchor, BNZ, Monteiths, Burger King and Spark up at College Hill.

He says he made the move down the road to Westhaven because “I love the vibe in the place. It’s a fast-growing agency and has a great future. The opportunity to be part of that was too good to miss.”

Next is Odessa Coleman, who joins as editor and motion graphics artist to meet the agency’s expanding video content production needs. Coleman, who was most recently at .99, has worked on big name retail brands like Farmers, Warehouse Stationery, Spark and New World.


“I immediately saw that Chemistry is a young, dynamic agency that’s highly creative. I was keen to work closer with clients and have more responsibility in my role.”


Strengthening the agency’s account service capabilities further is senior account manager Nikki-Lee Mark, who joins from Image Centre Group, where she was responsible for AUT, Vodafone Warriors, Hearing Life and TVNZ Marketing Awards business.

Mark, who will be working predominantly on the State and AMI business, said: “I chose Chemistry because their strategic and creative work is among the best. The relationships that Chemistry has with their clients are honest and collaborative. They become an extension of the client’s marketing team, really pushing the client beyond what’s expected.”

Chemistry Interaction joint CD Patrick Murphy said: “We are delighted to be welcoming such top-notch talent to Chemistry. It shows we’re serious about continuing to build on our reputation for creative excellence, as well as being a great place to work.”

The agency’s other joint CD Susan Young said: “As our business needs increase, we need the right people alongside us, and we’re over the moon to have such exceptional talent on board.”

About Chemistry Interaction
Chemistry Interaction is one of NZ’s most awarded integrated independent agencies, working with some of New Zealand’s best-loved brands. We combine the science of strategy, data, technology and channel planning with the art of insight and creativity to create better business results for our clients.


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