Arrivals & Departures: Contagion Media expands

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The numbers in the media department at Freemans Bay full-service agency Contagion have risen by two, with the promotion of Suzie Thompson and the hiring of Ryan Jordan as Joint Heads of Media.

Bridget Taylor, Creative Partner at Contagion, said: “You’re only as good as the people you partner with and these two are world-class. Suzie’s deep understanding of the digital media landscape and her commitment to flexing her creativity in this space has made her promotion a no-brainer. Both clients and staff are delighted.”

Thomspson said: “”The focus on an integrated model at Contagion becomes more and more important as we grow, with this new structure created to drive ongoing collaboration within the team and the business.”

Ryan Jordan joins Contagion from Ikon in Sydney.  He is a New Zealander returning home to Auckland having spent the last three years in Australia leading the communications strategy for brands such as the Commonwealth Bank Australia and Coca-Cola.

“Ryan will provide great strategic support for our clients across all areas of the business,” said managing director DeanTaylor. “He also has a depth of knowledge and passion for the digital space that’s second-to-none. And he’s a great guy.”

Jordan said: “Contagion is a place I have admired from afar during my time in Sydney. It’s a pretty unique agency structure, that is all about utilising the science of communications planning to drive some of the most innovative creative campaigns not only in NZ, but in the world. The team’s sustained success, along with some of the smartest thinkers in the game, made it a place I was keen to be a part of.”

Contagion’s media offering has grown massively in the last five years with wins for clients such as Tourism New Zealand, LG, Peugeot, Citroen, Coliseum Sports, Energy Online and more recently Southern Cross and Harmoney. The agency as a whole has maintained a focus on attracting results driven, full service clients with a challenger mentality and a focus on digital innovation. This continued growth and the attraction of larger more varied brands has seen the media team more than double in the last two years.

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